MOSQUITOES—Questions and Answers!

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For most of us mosquitoes are just an annoyance and get our attention for all the wrong reasons.  However, because they have created multiple health issues, for humankind and our livestock, they have a long history of being studied by the scientific community. You may be surprised by some of the interesting facts that have been uncovered about this pesky insect.  Feel free to ask your question in the comment section.


Raymond DuBois
Raymond DuBois

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Raymond DuBois
Raymond DuBois

May 17, 2013

Mosquitoes suck blood, and blood isn’t a plant, which doesn’t classify them as an herbivore. Mosquitoes do not eat meat, because blood isn’t meat, so they aren’t carnivores. Since a mosquito eats different kinds of food at different life stages (like at the larval stage, they eat microorganisms, and at a different stage, they eat plant nectar, and so forth), it is safe to consider the mosquito an omnivore.
Adult mosquitoes primarily feed on nectar from flowers. Both males and females will feed in this manner, sucking the nectar through a proboscis, much the same as a butterfly does.The female is also capable of drinking blood, an act called haematophagy. Females do not require blood to survive, but they need supplements, such as protein and iron, to enable them to develop and lay their eggs.

Sharon B.
Sharon B.

May 17, 2013

Are mosquitoes really officially classified as carnivores?

Raymond DuBois
Raymond DuBois

May 17, 2013

The egg, larvae and pupae stages mosquitoes depend on temperature and species characteristics as to how long it takes for development. For instance, Culex tarsalis (one type of common mosquito in the U.S.) might go through its life cycle in 14 days at 70 F and take only 10 days at 80 F. Also, some species have naturally adapted to go through their entire life cycle in as little as four days or as long as one month.

George
George

May 17, 2013

How long do mosquitoes live?

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