environment & nature

Only Female Mosquitoes Drink Blood, Why?

BP World Bureau | Dec 02 2019
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Mosquitoes, like many other insects that undergo metamorphosis, have the larval and adult stage. The female mosquitoes bite because they need blood to produce eggs. Blood is full of proteins and amino acids, so it is the perfect prenatal supplement for growing mosquito eggs. It acts as a fuel for the next generation of mosquitoes.

According to studies, female mosquitoes like a pregnant woman’s blood to feed their own growing babies. They prefer to drink blood during the early morning and sunset, as they seek shelter during the hottest parts of the day. The female mosquitoes keep a diet based on sugary substances for their daily metabolism. The stinger of the female mosquito is so technically perfected like a medical needle. This helps them to pierce the skin and extract blood from the capillaries with its subtle stinger.

Female mosquitoes are among the most notorious vectors of human diseases that feed on vertebrate blood for survival and reproduction and also transmit the protozoan parasites causing malaria, dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya, and encephalitis.