Mosquitoes eat different foods depending on gender and life stage. Mosquito larvae live in stagnant pools of water and primarily consume algae and microscopic aquatic organisms. Once they pupate, the mosquitoes cease feeding until metamorphosis occurs and they become adults. Adult females primarily feed on the blood of other animals, while the males feed on flower nectar.
All mosquitoes share a number of similarities, such as the need to deposit their eggs in water, but great variation exists in the habits of the more than 2,500 mosquito species that live worldwide. For example, different species prefer different types of aquatic environments for egg deposition; some prefer tidal flats, while others prefer swamps. Some species, such as those of the genus Culex and Aedes, frequently feed on the blood of humans. However, Aedes mosquitoes do not typically enter dwellings to feed on people, while Culex mosquitoes do so regularly.
Mosquitoes of the genus Anopheles are particularly noteworthy for humans: These mosquitoes can carry and transmit malaria, which is caused by a tiny parasite that lives inside the blood of humans. When a mosquito bites an infected human, some of the parasites may travel into the insect’s stomach. Then, when that mosquito bites another person, some of the parasites may invade the second person’s bloodstream.Learn More
There are two scorpions that live in Georgia: the devil scorpion and the striped scorpion. These species vary in location; devil scorpions live primarily in the greater Atlanta region and in the northern part of the state, while striped scorpions live in sand hills and coastal plains throughout the state.Full Answer >
Mosquitoes are primarily attracted to carbon dioxide, a waste product exhaled from the lungs. They also seek out warm, moving bodies. If given a choice, they prefer to bite people who produce high levels of lactic acid, uric acid or cholesterol byproducts in the skin.Full Answer >
Sea snails are generally omnivorous. They eat algae and sometimes feed on smaller snails as well. Some species, such as the cone snail, are predatory sea snails. Smaller cone snails tend to eat marine works, while larger ones can prey on live fish.Full Answer >
The tiny white bugs found on a houseplant are called whiteflies. These tiny bugs can be difficult to get rid of and extremely damaging to plants.Full Answer >