Mosquito

Mosquito
Aedes aegypti biting human.jpg
Aedes aegypti: the vector of dengue fever
and yellow fever
Scientific classification
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Order:Diptera
Suborder:Nematocera
Family:Culicidae
Subfamilies

Anophelinae
Culicinae

Diversity
43 genera
Larvae of a Culex mosquito

A mosquito is a type of fly. It is the common name of a family of flies in the order Diptera.

The females are ectoparasites: they land on warm-blooded animals, pierce a capillary, and inject saliva to stop the blood coagulating. Then they suck up and eat the blood. Deadly microscopic parasites often live in the saliva.[1][2]

The males are nectar-feeders, and so are the females. However, in preparation for egg-laying the females turn to blood for its protein.

Feeding & reproduction

Usually both male and female mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices. In many species the mouthparts of the females are adapted for piercing the skin of animal hosts and sucking their blood as ectoparasites. In many species, the female needs to get proteins from a blood meal before she can produce eggs. In many other species, she can produce more eggs after a blood meal.

They lay their eggs in pools of water. The larvae move around near the surface of the water, breathing through air tubes that stick out of the water. They get their food from the water, usually eating algae and other tiny creatures. They like to wiggle around near the surface, which is why some people call them wigglers. The larvae usually enter the pupa stage within a few days or weeks of hatching, depending on the water temperature and the species.[3]

The pupae are called tumblers because they tumble in the water if the water is touched. Tumblers do not eat, but they move around in the water a lot, and like larvae, they breathe from tubes that stick out of the water. The pupa stage is short (only for a few days), and then the mosquito becomes an adult.

There are many species of mosquito. This comes about because, of those which suck blood, each species is adapted to a different host or group of hosts. There are two subfamilies, 43 genera and over 3,500 species of the Culicidae.[4]

Other Languages
Afrikaans: Steekmuggies
Alemannisch: Stechmücken
አማርኛ: የወባ ትንኝ
العربية: بعوضيات
aragonés: Culicidae
অসমীয়া: মহ
asturianu: Culicidae
Atikamekw: Sikimew
Avañe'ẽ: Ñati'ũ
Aymar aru: Ch'uspi
azərbaycanca: Ağcaqanadlar
বাংলা: মশা
Bahasa Banjar: Rangit
Bân-lâm-gú: Báng
башҡортса: Серәкәйҙәр
беларуская: Камары
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Камары
भोजपुरी: मच्छर
български: Комари
Boarisch: Gösn
bosanski: Komarac
brezhoneg: Moustik
català: Culícids
Чӑвашла: Вăрăмтунасем
Cebuano: Culicidae
čeština: Komárovití
chiShona: Humhutu
chiTumbuka: Nyimbo
Cymraeg: Mosgito
dansk: Stikmyg
Deitsch: Moschgieder
Deutsch: Stechmücken
Ελληνικά: Κουνούπι
emiliàn e rumagnòl: Sinsàla
English: Mosquito
español: Culicidae
Esperanto: Moskito
euskara: Eltxo
فارسی: پشه
français: Moustique
Gaeilge: Culicidae
galego: Mosquito
ГӀалгӀай: ЗIокмозий
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Mûn-é
한국어: 모기
Hausa: Sauro
հայերեն: Մոծակներ
हिन्दी: मच्छर
hrvatski: Komarci
Bahasa Hulontalo: Lamu'o
Ido: Moskito
Ilokano: Lamok
Bahasa Indonesia: Nyamuk
interlingua: Culicidae
ᐃᓄᒃᑎᑐᑦ/inuktitut: ᑭᒃᑐᕆᐊᖅ
Iñupiak: Kiktuġiaq
íslenska: Moskítóflugur
italiano: Culicidae
עברית: כולכיתיים
Basa Jawa: Lemud
ಕನ್ನಡ: ಸೊಳ್ಳೆ
Kapampangan: Amuk
ქართული: კოღოები
kaszëbsczi: Mëga
қазақша: Маса
Kinyarwanda: Umubu
Kongo: Ngungu
kurdî: Mixmixk
Кыргызча: Чиркей
Latina: Culicidae
latviešu: Dzēlējodi
lietuvių: Tikrieji uodai
lingála: Ngungi
Livvinkarjala: Pin'oit
മലയാളം: കൊതുക്‌
मराठी: डास
مازِرونی: لل
Bahasa Melayu: Nyamuk
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Hŭng-muòng
မြန်မာဘာသာ: ခြင်
Nāhuatl: Mōyōtl
Nederlands: Steekmuggen
नेपाली: लामखुट्टे
日本語:
нохчийн: Чуьрк
Nordfriisk: Steegmagen
norsk: Stikkemygg
norsk nynorsk: Stikkemygg
occitan: Moissal
олык марий: Шыҥа
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Chivinlar
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮੱਛਰ
Pälzisch: Stechmücken
پنجابی: مچھر
ភាសាខ្មែរ: មូស
Plattdüütsch: Steekmuggen
polski: Komarowate
português: Culicidae
română: Țânțar
Runa Simi: Qhiti
русский: Комары
ᱥᱟᱱᱛᱟᱲᱤ: ᱥᱤᱠᱬᱤᱡ
sardu: Tzintzula
Scots: Midge
shqip: Mushkonja
සිංහල: මදුරු ගණය
سنڌي: مڇر
slovenčina: Komárovité
slovenščina: Komarji
ślůnski: Kopruchowate
Soomaaliga: Kaneeco
کوردی: مێشوولە
српски / srpski: Комарци
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Komarci
Basa Sunda: Reungit
suomi: Hyttyset
svenska: Stickmyggor
Tagalog: Lamok
தமிழ்: கொசு
татарча/tatarça: Черкиләр
తెలుగు: దోమ
ไทย: ยุง
ತುಳು: ಉಮಿಲಿ
Türkçe: Sivrisinek
українська: Комарі
اردو: مچھر
Vahcuengh: Nyungz
vèneto: Sginsała
vepsän kel’: Säs'k
Tiếng Việt: Muỗi
walon: Picron
Winaray: Namok
吴语:
ייִדיש: קאמאר
Yorùbá: Ẹ̀fọn
粵語:
žemaitėška: Kōsis
中文: