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.