MadSci Network: Zoology

Re: What is the purpose of the red liquid from mosquito abdomens?

Date: Thu Mar 18 09:44:29 1999
Posted By: David Richman, Staff, Entomology, New Mexico State University
Area of science: Zoology
ID: 920260010.Zo

A search of the literature available and consultation with a med-vet 
entomology technician turned up a blank, but I think that the droplet is an 
overflow of the host's blood, combined with fluid from the feeding insect. 
This probably functions to release pressure in the gut as the mosquito 
reaches the end of its capacity to retain liquid.  

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