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Re: What do mosquitos eat?

Date: Mon Dec 1 10:36:47 2003
Posted By: Chris Reigstad, Grad student, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology, Washington University in St. Louis
Area of science: General Biology
ID: 1069951606.Gb

Interesting question, Maya!

Depending on the species of the mosquito, most males AND females feed on plant nectars 
(sugars) for energy.  Females are thought to need "blood meals" for the development of 
their eggs.  Males subsist on nectar alone, but only live for about a week.  This information 
can be found on a website maintained by Oklahoma State University's Department of 
Entomology and Plant Pathology (  
The Florida State Department of Health also has information about your question, as it 
relates to transmission of the West Nile Virus (

Hope this helps,
Christopher Reigstad

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