World Mosquito Day is celebrated on 20 August every year to spread awareness of the disease caused by the female mosquitoes anopheles. This day is celebrated to give honor to the British doctor, Sir Ronald Ross, who discovered that the female mosquitoes caused malaria in 1987.
The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine also celebrates World Mosquito Day every year. Exhibitions and parties are organized to initiate discussions and conversations regarding Malaria and also give tribute to the good work of Sir Ross and the other researchers who worked after him.
So, on World Mosquito Day, we’ve brought a few interesting and not-so-fun facts about mosquitoes. Let’s have a look:
Facts About Mosquitoes:
1. Approximately 3,500 species of mosquitoes are present on the planet, but only a couple hundred feasts on human blood.
2. You’ll be amazed to know that not all mosquitoes bite—only the female mosquito bites when they need a meal for laying eggs.
3. Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest animals. Shocking? But that’s true.
4. Not all mosquito species treat humans as a tasty snack. Some mosquitoes feed on other animals and bother us.
5. A mosquito’s wings beat 300–600 times per second. This means that the irritating buzzing sound you hear just before a mosquito lands on you and bites.
6. Honestly speaking, mosquitoes love CO2. Carbon dioxide is one of the important ways in which mosquitoes find their nest feast. They have a special organ maxillary palp, which they used to follow the smell of CO2.
These facts are amazing, interesting, and shocking. Aren’t they?
Did you know any other facts about mosquitoes? Share it in the comment section below on World Mosquito Day.