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Mosquito

(Culicidae)

 

Category: Invertebrates

 

 

Mosquitos are a family of small flies (the name "Mosquito" literally means "Small Fly" in Spanish) that can be found on every continent except Antarctica. They are known primarily by the females of most species who use their proboscises to suck blood and nourish their eggs. While the saliva left behind from a mosquito bite can lead to an annoying rash, they do not take enough blood to harm the host, and the bite is harmless in and of itself. However, as a mosquito flies from host to host it can pass diseases like chikungunya, dengue, filariasis, malaria, West Nile virus, yellow fever, and Zika fever, making the mosquito no "small fly" as a major disease vector.

 

Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Arthropoda
Class - Insecta
Order - Diptera
Family - Culicidae

 
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Interesting Animal Facts

Body horror in the insect kingdom

Learning about animals, you can discover many fascinating, even beautiful facts, but there are also things that can give you nightmares! Enter the strepsiptera (“twisted-wing parasite”). The adult female has no limbs, wings, or mouth - she simply lives in and feeds off her host (typically a wasp). When it becomes time to mate, she protrudes part of her abdomen from between the plates of her host and uses mind control to get the wasp to fly off to nearby males. Sexually mature males have wings, and fly around for about five hours before dying - spending their entire short existence seeking out females to mate with. After the female is impregnated, her own young grow and consume her. And once there is nothing left to eat, they leave their host wasp, infiltrate the nursery, and latch on to a larvae to create their own “zombie wasp” host and continue the grisly cycle!

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