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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 (http://www.ento.okstate.edu/mosquito/biology.html). The Florida State Department of Health also has information about your question, as it relates to transmission of the West Nile Virus (http://www.doh.state.fl.us/chdEscambia/ mosquito_biology.htm). Hope this helps, Christopher Reigstad
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