Trivia’s Facts and More (3/4)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Which of these does not belong in a group with the others?

(A)  Spider

(B)  Tick

(C)  Flea

(D)  Scorpion

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

One of nature’s biggest menaces in the insect world is the blood-sucking mosquito.

Here are some interesting facts about the mosquito:

  • Color:  Brown, golden-brown, or black.
  • Habitat:  Quiet bodies of water, from fluid-filled leaves to stagnant ponds.
  • Diet:  Plant nectar, honeydew, and blood.

The life cycle of a mosquito begins when a female lays eggs in water.  Larvae grow to half an inch, feeding on algae and bacteria.  They mature and emerge as hungry adults.

The female mosquito is a quick eater.  She lands on a animal (such as a human), stabs her needle-sharp proboscis into the skin, and draws out blood.  She spits back up a small bit into the wound, causing it to itch.

There are approximately 200 species of mosquitoes in the United States.  Only about 12 actually carry germs and make people sick.  Most species are more of a bother than anything else, and are labeled as nuisance mosquitoes.  

One species of mosquito may actually do more good than harm.  The Elephant Mosquito has a sapphire-blue and silver-stripped body.  It pollinates flowers at night, and its larvae feed on other dangerous species.

Answer to Brain Teaser Question

(C)  Flea

A flea is an insect, and the other three are arachnids.

9 thoughts on “Trivia’s Facts and More (3/4)

  1. Hurray! I got the trivia answer! I’m not a fan of mosquitos no matter what kind they are. My husband jokes that I am his bug repellant because whenever I am around he doesn’t get bites. They are feasting on me instead. I’ve always wondered why?

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  2. Very interesting! I had no idea that there are 200 species of mosquitoes in the USA – and I was amazed to learn they spit back in some of the blood they suck out – and that causes the itch. Fascinating! Also didn’t know about a variety of mosquito that is a pollinator. I thought they ALL were just nuisances!

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