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Sunday, 15 January 2012

The most Dangerous Insect In The World

Even though Killer Bees, Stinging Wasps, and Horse Flies might give extremely painful stings and bites, Mosquitoes are by far the most dangerous insects in the world. Mosquitoes are little flies and their name means just that in Portuguese and Spanish.

Typically both male and female Mosquitoes feed on plant juices and nectar from flowers. The female mosquito is solely responsible for biting - the females of most species need to obtain nutrients from a blood meal to make their eggs. They not only bite people, but also obtain blood from birds, reptiles, mammals or amphibians

Mosquitoes pierce the skin with a sharp, needle-like mouth and inject a little bit of saliva which serves as an anticoagulant. The saliva consists of tiny micro-organisms and viruses that cause diseases. Mosquito bites can spread many illnesses such as Malaria, Yellow Fever, and West Nile Virus. Some scientists estimate that Malaria alone affects between 500 and 700 million people each year, making it one of the world’s most dangerous diseases.

Do you know?
  • In most species Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water; some lay eggs near the water's edges; others attach their eggs to aquatic plants.
  • The eggs hatch into babies called Larvae - these look like little tiny caterpillars.
  • The Larvae breath through a trumpet-shaped tube at the end of the body.

1 comment:

mempawah creation said...

in Indonesia called "Nyamuk Malaria"

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