Mosquitoes. What Are They Good For?

Mosquitoes. What Are They Good For?
February 19, 2016

they’re food for fish and other insect predators and birds. They pollinate plants.

Correction: Only the female has the need for the iron from our blood for her offspring.


the biting midge, a tiny bloodsucker that can spread diseases to animals and filarial worms to humans.
Dina Fonseca, a professor of entomology at Rutgers University, is that the biting midge is the only known pollinator of cacao.

Ecology: A world without mosquitoes
Nature 466, 432-434 (2010)
Eradicating any organism would have serious consequences for ecosystems — wouldn’t it? Not when it comes to mosquitoes, finds Janet Fang.

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