Mosquitoes live around the world in almost every type of ecosystem. More than 2,500 species are known and 150 of these species are found in the United States.Know More
Mosquitoes belong to the Diptera order of insects, as do gnats and flies. The word mosquito is derived from a Spanish word meaning 'small fly.'
Mosquitoes are one of the worst insects for spreading diseases. They can carry encephalitis, malaria and yellow fever. They also transmit West Nile Virus, which infects birds and is carried to humans and horses.
Only adult female mosquitoes bite people and animals. They need the blood to develop their eggs.Learn more in Bugs
Centipedes can be found living all throughout the world in forests, rain forests, mountains, scrub forests and desert biomes. Most centipedes need moist places to survive, but some of them can live in dry areas, such as deserts and grasslands. There are thousands of species of centipedes, but many of them are found living under dead tree limbs and under rocks.Full Answer >
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.Full Answer >
Mosquitoes are attracted to bacteria and microbes that live on skin. They are also attracted to chemicals emitted through the skin, such as ammonia and octenol, which is a component of sweat.Full Answer >
Flexing muscles during a mosquito bite cannot make the mosquito pop. The myth that flexing muscles or stretching the skin traps the mosquito’s proboscis in the skin and causes its abdomen to fill up with blood until it explodes is false.Full Answer >