10 things you didn’t know about the world’s most deadly animal
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10 things you didn’t know about the world’s most deadly animal

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1. The world’s deadliest animal is, in fact, the mosquito!

Mosquitos carry a number of deadly diseases like malaria, yellow fever, and dengue fever, which together are responsible for several million deaths and hundreds of millions of cases every year.

The aedes mosquito. (Photo credit: Rafaelgilo/Wikimedia Commons)

The aedes mosquito. (Photo credit: Rafaelgilo/Wikimedia Commons)

2. Male mosquitoes don’t feed on blood.

Female mosquitoes rely on the protein found in human blood to nourish their eggs and reproduce. Male mosquitoes don’t require this extra protein and feed on flower nectar instead.

 

3. Not all species of mosquitoes feed on humans.

Some species exclusively prefer hosts like reptiles, amphibians, or birds.

 

4. The mosquito can travel at speeds up to 1.5 miles per hour.

For a tiny bug that may seem quick, but in the insect kingdom the mosquito is beat by butterflies and bees.

 

5. Their wings beat incredibly fast (up to 600 beats per second)…

Which is why you hear that high pitched whine when they fly near you.

Photo credit: JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons

Photo credit: JJ Harrison/Wikimedia Commons

 

6. Mating mosquitoes synchronize the beats of their wings.

When they buzz at the same pace, mosquitoes know they’ve found a mate.

 

7. Salt marsh mosquitos will travel up to 100 miles away from their breeding grounds.

These mosquitoes aren’t afraid to travel far distances to find an ideal home.

 

8. Water is an essential requirement for mosquitoes to breed.

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and larvae will develop quickly in just a few inches of water. If you want to keep the mosquito count down in your backyard, be sure to remove any stagnant water.

 

Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. (Photo credit: US Department of Agriculture)

Aedes aegypti mosquito on human skin. (Photo credit: US Department of Agriculture)

9. Adult mosquitos have a lifespan of 5-6 months.

In the bug world this is a fairly long life expectancy!

 

10. Mosquitos can sniff out carbon dioxide up to 164 feet away.

The mosquito is equipped with a special sensor to detect carbon dioxide nearby which helps them find sources to feed on.

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