- Only the female mosquito bites.
- They prefer some people over others.
- This insect can breed in even the tiniest amount of water.
Welcome to the Mosquito Quiz, where you can test your knowledge and learn more about the deadliest animal on the planet! This insect is known for its blood-sucking bites that leave an itch as well as for spreading some of the world’s worst diseases including malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, and dengue.
Take the quiz to test your knowledge of Mosquitos if you believe you know everything there is to know about them or if you want to learn more about this menacing killer!
Types Of Mosquitos
This insect is a species of small fly from the family Culicidae of which there are over 3500 species. Their name is a Spanish or Portuguese word for little fly and they can be found throughout the world. Some of the most deadly species are:
- Anopheles gambiae – this is the main spreader of malaria in tropical and subtropical climates.
- Yellow Fever Mosquito (Aedes aegypti) – can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika fever, Mayaro and yellow fever viruses.
- Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) – typically flies and feeds in the daytime as well as at dusk and dawn. This species has spread to many countries
Interesting Mosquito Facts
Not only is this insect one of the most annoying bugs in the world, it is also considered the deadliest one as well, killing more people than any other creature. It is estimated that they are responsible for the death of around 750,000 to 1 million humans yearly. However, as awful as this may sound, without this pesky and dangerous insect, many animal populations that rely on the mosquito as a food source could decline due to a lack of food. Read on for more interesting facts.
- Some female mosquitoes can drink their entire body weight in blood during a meal.
- These biting pests use their receptors and vision to find their victims and can spot their next meal from approximately 164 feet away.
- They are attracted to the body chemistry of some people over others.
- A full moon can increase mosquito activity by 500 percent because they use visual cues to find their next meal, which is easier to do when the moon is full.