Bite Me!

 

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Mosquito

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Mosquito

Female mosquitoes bite humans because they need proteins found in blood to lay their eggs. These are male mosquitoes and, without a proboscis, are not able to bite me; they feeds on flower nectar.

 

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2 Responses to Bite Me!

  1. 🙂
    I’m a vegetarian and my wife eats meat now and then. Convergent evolution?!

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    • A female mosquito can live for 8 weeks, or 6 months if she hibernates. The male mosquito lives around 10 days. The female has evolved to take advantage of a readily available and nutritious food source to fuel her egg laying – she lays eggs at 3 day intervals. Her proboscis is essential to the success of her egg laying. So convergent evolution has worked very well for her.

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