Here are a few mosquito pictures to show you, close up, what these pests look like. And, you can also view a few of your allies. Some of their natural predators are shown as well.
These pictures are a great reminder of why mosquito kill is such a good idea.
In their natural environment, it is hard to get a close look at them, not that you really want to, if you are about to be bitten.
This page will also show you a few of the different species you are learning about on this site.
Unfortunately, the best way to catch them for a photo op is when they are feeding, which is mostly how you see them here.
Movie stars have nothing on mosquitoes when it comes to avoiding the camera. These were not easy shots to capture.
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Here is a wonderful close up a female mosquito feeding. This mosquito picture shows just how efficient she is. In this mosquito picture, her species is undetermined, but her success at biting is quite clear.You can see where a small bit of blood is collecting as she feeds.
What a rare shot! Mosquito erotica! This pair of Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are “caught in the act.” The male engages the female in mating while she feeds on a blood host.
If you ever doubted how aggressive this mosquito is, this confirms they are a formidable pest. Definately not what you want in and around your home!
After you are dinner for a female mosquito, she lays her eggs and the larvae hatch in their breeding pool.
This is where your next series of mosquito bites come from. They have no redeeming features, ugly as larave and a pest when grown. Nothing you would like to have around!
As much as we don’t like them, the larvae are an important food source for many kinds of wildlife.
After the larvae survive that phase of their development, they molt and become pupae. While they don’t feed in this stage, they remain quite active, and well on their way to becoming biting pests. On the menu tonight, tasty human blood.
Here is a close up of the Aedes Albopictus, or Asian Tiger mosquito. She is a known carrier of Dengue fever. This disease is rapidly becoming a global health problem. She feeds vigorously on a human host in this shot, which allows her to lay eggs to continue the cycle of spreading the disease.
This is a full view of the Asian tiger mosquito It is clearly a female, look how her abdomen is engorged with blood. She has just fed, and now will search for a place to lay her eggs. The Asian Tiger mosquito, along with members of the Culex species are carriers of the West Nile virus West Nile virus
This is a closer view of the Asian Tiger Mosquito. These pests were not introduced into the United States until the 1980’s from a shipment of used tires from Japan. They were first located in Houston,Texas, but their range has now spread significantly throughout the country.
In ponds, the mosquito larvae are tasty tidbits for fish and other predators. These are mosquito fish ,one of the larvae’s worst enemies, and one of our best friends. Each of these tiny, unimposing looking fish can eat up to 200 mosquito larvae a day. Not bad in the war on mosquitoes.Just know that they will also eat dragonfly nymphs, one of a mosquito larvae’s fiercest predators.
Dragonflies are a powerful mosquito kill weapon. The adults prey on adult mosquitoes, the larvae, called nymphs, are voracious feeders on mosquito larvae.
They are a gracious touch in any garden, and their fragile appearance betrays just how aggressive they are in reducing mosquito populations.
Featured here are just a few of the more common species. There are about 2700 species, worldwide, with about 170 in the United States alone.
Check out these mosquito photos and learn more about the ones that see you as dinner.
Who knows, maybe you can avoid being on the menu tonight!
This is a treehole mosquito. They breed in swamps and marshes, but lay their eggs in natural depressions, like tree holes, that collect water. This mosquito is the primary vector for St. Louis encephalitis, a rare, but serious disease.
One reason the disease is not more common is that this mosquito prefers areas where humans do not often go. While they are container breeders, they do not live where they have access to man made containers, like cans, bottles and buckets. Instead they rely on natural depressions where water collects.
Here is a photo of the Anopheles Gambaie mosquito. She is one of the main transmitters of malaria. In fact, this species has been called by many experts “the malaria machine.”
Unlike virus related diseases, such as West Nile fever, one case of malaria affords no immunity because it is caused by parasites. This mosquito has survived years of spraying with pesticides, and has developed some immunity to them.
Scientists have completed mapping this mosquito’s DNA in the hopes of finding an effective means of stopping them from continuing to spread malaria.
Malaria kills more than one million people, worldwide each year. Mosquitoes, through the diseases they spread, kill more humans than any other animal.
Deaths from shark attacks don’t even run a close second.
A second view of the Anopheles gambiae mosquito. She spreads malaria, which kills more than one million people each year, not to mention other mosquito borne diseases.
This little pest is a worldwide threat to our health. And, unlike some other mosquito species, A. gamiae has a distinct preference for human hosts.
Lately, mosquito populations in Africa have become so bad, that governmental authorities have begun spraying with DDT again, despite it’s negative environmental impact.
This mosquito is a member of the Culex species. The Culex is the main species responsible for the transmission of West Nile virus. Culex mosquitoes are a serious health threat in the United States, and around the world.
They are the most common mosquito around the globe and efforts to reduce their numbers are a significant public health quest.
These mosquitoes lay their raft of eggs in stagnant, or polluted water. The larvae have even been known to thrive in septic tanks. Like the Asian tiger mosquito, they are container breeders that prefer areas inhabited by humans.
Here you see a close up shot of a Culex mosquito. Note how she has just fed and her abdomen is engorged with blood. This is all she needs to start reproducing and laying eggs that will continue the cycle of mosquito blood thirst and breeding.
She will rest in cool shaded areas while she digests this meal. Then, she will feed again, rest again, and finally lay her clutch of eggs. She may need up to three cycles of feeding and resting before her clutch of eggs develops.
Here is a great view of the Asian Tiger Mosquito. She is named not only for her aggressive biting behavior, but for her racing stripes, which you can see very clearily here.
As always, it is easiest to catch a mosquito for a shot when they are feeding. And, after all, it is their feeding behavior we want to stop.
You will rarely get to see an Asian Tiger mosquito when it feeds on you. They are very quick to find a target, make a bite and get away before the host even knows they have been bitten.
You won’t usually be able to swat these little vampires away, they usually get the bite before you can react.
This little pest is a member of the Aedes species, just like the mosquito that is the primary vector for Dengue fever.
This is really an amazing shot. Caught in the act of feeding, she has been such a glutton that she is actually losing a drop of blood from over indulging in a blood meal.
Mosquitoes will feed until they burst if the nerves to their guts are cut. That is the only signal that tells them to quit.
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