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Facts about mosquito for kids

The mosquito is a member of the fly family of insects (See Kingdom Animal: facts for kids). Some mosquitoes are dangerous because they can spread diseases. The male mosquito is harmless. But the female mosquito feeds on the blood of animals or human beings. Her mouthparts have a piercing tube that sinks down through the skin into a blood vessel, enabling her to suck up blood. Sometimes she feeds on a diseased animal. When she next attacks an animal or a human being, she may pass on the disease. In tropical areas, certain kinds of mosquitoes spread malaria and yellow fever in this way.

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Facts about mosquito for kids

A mosquito piercing the skin and a blood vessel in its host

A cross section of the mosquito's piercing tube. Blood is drawn up through a central canal

Mosquitoes hatch from eggs laid on the surface of still water. The larvae hang just below the surface, breathing through two tiny air tubes at the end of their bodies. After one to five weeks, the larvae change into large comma-shaped pupae. About three days later, the pupae change into adult mosquitoes.

A female mosquito for kids facts

Facts about mosquito for kids

A female mosquito sucking blood. The male is harmless

Mosquitoes can be controlled by spraying oil on the water in which they breed to prevent the larvae breathing; by putting special fish into the water to eat the larvae; or by spraying the adults with insecticides.

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