Mosquitoes are a family of flying blood-sucking insects. For this feature they also received another name – Bloodsucking mosquitoes, although usually it is reduced. Apart from the fact that these insects are parasites, they also spread many dangerous diseases, which does not add to their attractiveness.
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Description of the mosquito
The size of the body of these insects is quite small – from 0.5 to 1.5 cm. However, their abdomen has the ability to swell, due to which they can drink a lot of blood. Helps them in this long proboscis, able to pierce not only the skin, but also clothes.
It is possible to distinguish mosquitoes from other insects in many ways. For example, on elongated limbs, on the background of which their body looks tiny. Or on a low-frequency squeak, which is issued by insects when moving wings. The fact is that the insect itself is small, and its wings are too long and thin. As a result, there is such a squeak in flight.
Basically, mosquitoes show activity in the warm season – from May to October. Moreover, their largest aggregations arise near the reservoirs, as mosquitoes from moths – their larvae that inhabit the bottom of the reservoirs with standing water – appear on the light. In addition, the blood-sucking parasites of the forest are loved – there too many of them accumulate there. Well, in general, they can meet almost everywhere. Is it difficult to find them on the earth’s poles?
What’s interesting is that many types of mosquitoes can be eaten by vegetable juice and nectar. But the blood for them is more nutritious, so parasites prefer to eat it. This is especially important for females – so they can reproduce more offspring.
The meaning of mosquitoes in nature
The only benefit brought by mosquitoes in this world is participation in the food chain. They are a feed for very many animals, which is very important. Negative participation. And at least some kind of consolation for their numerous bites and annoying squeak at night.
Talking about the relationship between a person and a mosquito, it is possible to state unequivocally that insects bring great harm. Bites of them, not only causing severe itching, can still infect various infectious diseases. The most famous of them is malaria, but this is far from the only threat to human health. Therefore it is better to avoid parasite bites, and there are many ways to protect against mosquitoes.