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Culex pipiens - male
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DIPTERA
Culex pipiens Linnaeus, 1758
Male - Gzira
20/10/12
Link:
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Culicidae
The common house mosquito (Culex pipiens) is a well known noisy blood-sucking pest usually encountered in the warmer months of spring and summer. The male of this species (shown above) feeds on pollen and nectar, whilst the female feeds by sucking blood from humans and birds. The eggs are deposited in stagnant water and the larvae live underwater (surfacing for breathing). The larvae change into a pupa which hangs onto the water surface until it hatches into an adult.