One of the most annoying things about going camping are mosquitoes, especially at night. You should just wrap up so you don't get bitten by these insects, but still -adding them year after year- There are things we don't know.
That is why, on this occasion, we will mention 9 things that you might not know about them.
1. How do you know when to stop eating?
Once the mosquito is full, a chemical signal tells it to stop. When that signal is blocked in laboratory experiments, mosquitoes continue to suck blood until their abdomen bursts.
2. They have a statue.
The largest statue of a mosquito is a roadside attraction in Komarno, Manitoba, the mosquito capital of Canada.
Made in 1984, it is made of steel and has a wingspan of 4 and a half meters.
3. Bad vision.
Mosquitoes do not see very well due to the arrangement that their eyes have, so they can see up to 10 meters away, and still have many problems to differentiate between the shape of objects. But even so, they manage to perceive their victims through heat, a kind of infrared vision.
In the dark, they go to sources of heat and may notice differences of up to half a degree of temperature when they are close to their victims.
4. His methods of conquest are similar to that of the human being
When a mosquito detects the buzz of the opposite sex, it synchronizes its own frequency to match that of its potential partner. The most "experienced" mosquitoes, if not hot, can synchronize with the females' frequencies in a couple of seconds.
On the contrary, females take a little longer. This closely resembles the behavior of humans in a club or disco.
5. Why do they attack us?
What mainly attracts mosquitoes to us is the carbon dioxide we exhale. In addition, at night we are the only source of heat working.
Researchers have found that instead of stopping breathing so as not to attract them, we can paralyze their receptors with other odors, for example, chocolate.
6. Females attack us.
Male mosquitoes are herbivores and feed on nectar and other plant fluids. The females are the ones that suck the blood, necessary to obtain the proteins to make the eggs.
Both sexes are relatively easy to differentiate: while male mosquitoes have feathery antennae, females have a sucking device that projects forward to the head.
7. The bites we have left.
When a mosquito bites the skin of an animal begins to absorb the blood, and while doing so it leaves traces of its saliva on the skin that serves as an anticoagulant, to prevent its food from becoming rigid, making it easier to eat. But most of us have a natural allergy to your saliva, which is what causes the characteristic itching of mosquito bites.
8. Its reproduction is short but effective.
Mosquitoes can mate in the air and sometimes intercourse takes no more than 15 seconds and a female mosquito can lay between 100 and 300 eggs at a time and can produce between 1,000 and 3,000 young in the course of its life.
9. The mosquito is the deadliest animal on Earth.
That's right, it's not the hippo, the spider, the sharks or the lions, it's the mosquito.
Millions of people die annually from diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, including malaria, leishmania, dengue fever, yellow fever and West Nile virus.