Why do Mosquitoes Suck Blood?

mosquito sucking human blood

mosquito sucking human blood

Mosquitoes have a short life span, on average they only lived just one week, but very productive breeding. Well, to produce eggs, mosquitoes require essential substances that are contained in the blood. Substances such as amino acids to cholesterol they need it can only be found in the blood, the blood of both animals and humans. Once the suction succeeded, mosquitoes can earn about 3 milligrams of blood cells. After sucking blood, mosquitoes always leaving the enzyme that makes us feel itchy. An interesting fact is that the mosquitoes suck blood as needed to produce eggs, so automatically only female mosquitoes who have these blood sucking rituals. What about the male mosquitoes? They do not suck blood, they live enough to suck the nectar and pollen of other plants such as fruits.

According to the research from the University of Queensland, Australia. Found a tendency that certain types of mosquitoes has infected a bacterium named Wolbachia. This new type of mosquitoes can produce eggs after sucking human blood. The blood of animals such as mice, sheep, pigs, and chickens are not sufficient any more for them. A type of mosquitoes that includes potentially infecting viruses harmful to the human body, such as Aedes aegypti, dengue fever causes of diseases.




Vocabulary

mosquitoes 

mosquito is two-winged insect whose female has a long proboscis to pierce the skin and suck the blood of humans and animals

breeding

the act of producing offspring or multiplying by such production

amino acids

amino acids is an organic compound, and it serves as a building block for proteins.

cholesterol 

Cholesterol is a naturally-occurring steroid found in animal or human tissues. It’s important for healthy cell membranes and other functions, but its waxy makeup makes it a danger as a high concentration could build up and block arteries.

enzyme 

enzyme is a protein manufactured by a cell, and is a catalyst in various biological functions.

itchy

you’ve got a rash or a spot on your skin that you really want to scratch.

nectar

nectar is a sweet liquid secretion that is attractive to bees

pollen 

pollen is the fine spores that contain male gametes and that are borne by an anther in a flowering plant

bacterium 

bacterium is a single-celled or noncellular spherical or spiral or rod-shaped organisms lacking chlorophyll that reproduce by fission

viruses 

virus is an ultramicroscopic infectious agent that replicates itself only within cells of living hosts

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