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Mosquito facts

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1. The scientific name is: Culicidae.

2. Mosquitoes are insects that belong to the order of flies.

3. Over 40 genera and about 3,500 species have been described (47 in Poland).

Author: AC

4. Komarzyca lays from 150 to 300 eggs on the surface of standing water.

5. There are species of mosquitoes that feed on the blood of fish.

Author: Marta

6. These little, bloodthirsty monsters flying, biting people are female mosquitoes. The males are large and feed on plants.

7. Due to spreading diseases, the mosquito is the largest killer of people in the world.

8. All wars in world history did not kill as many people as mosquitoes.

Author: Basti

9. The oldest petrified mosquito was found in Burmese amber, which is over 90 million years old.

10. The third Egyptian plague was the mosquito invasion.

11. In 2010, in Pakistan, after a great flood, spiders fled to the trees for water, creating large cobwebs on them. As a result, mass-born mosquitoes were almost completely eradicated and there was no malaria epidemic.

12. The colors that mosquitoes least attract are white and black.

13. Mosquitoes are repelled by the aroma of vanilla flavor cakes.

Author: Ciekawy

14. Mosquitoes go through four stages of the life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Author: Alicja

15. Chicken feathers contain substances that repel mosquitoes.

16. The fact that the mosquito spreads malarie was not discovered until 1877 by Scottish doctor Patrick Manson.

Author: Bono

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Mosquito questions

What attracts mosquitoes?

Female mosquitoes are attracted by the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in their breath and the smell of sweat.

Answer: Marta


Why do female mosquitoes feed on blood?

They need blood to form eggs in the ovaries.

Answer: Marta


Why does the mosquito bite itch so much?

Mosquito saliva, which is designed to prevent blood from clotting, contains chemicals that irritate the skin and can cause an allergic reaction. From here, the bite site turns red, swells and itches.

Answer: Marta


What diseases do mosquitoes spread?

Mosquitoes mainly in warm climates can spread malaria, yellow fever, danga, filariasis, and meningitis.

Answer: Marta


Can mosquitoes carry malaria in Poland?

There is too cold climate in Poland. The protozoa causing this disease cannot go through a full development cycle.

Answer: Marta


Where do mosquitoes occur?

Mosquitos can be found from the Arctic to the tropics.

Answer: Marta