The male mosquito is born for just one purpose and that is to mate with the female. It has a very short life span of one to two weeks and here is the best part: they feed on nectar and water. The bad news is that since they propagate the mosquito family line they facilitate the female to reproduce meaning they encourage the blood sucking female to bite humans and drink blood in order to produce eggs. A female mosquito needs to drink blood in order to be able to reproduce so mating with a male without drinking blood is a futile exercise. If you have ever seen a mosquito drinking from your cup of tea or glass of juice you are likely seeing a male mosquito in action.
Are male mosquitoes harmful to human beings?
Unlike female mosquitoes that transmit malaria and other diseases the male mosquito is harmless to us because it doesn’t bit humans. The female mosquito, on the other hand, is notorious for the spread of malaria and other diseases like Chikungunya, West Nile virus and yellow fever.
The female mosquito will also generally tend to live longer than the male in order to continue reproducing. Under ideal conditions, like your house, where they have access to food and a place to hide their eggs until they hatch, female mosquitoes can live up to eight weeks. The female species of mosquitoes that hibernates can even live up to six months. The ideal conditions for the mosquito to survive are temperatures of between 50 and 80 degrees.
Male mosquitoes can survive for two days without nectar or sugar but they must have water within two days otherwise they will die from dehydration. The female mosquito on the other hand can survive for four days without sucking on blood.
What is the difference between male and female mosquitoes?
Of course, the first and most important difference is that only the female mosquitoes bite. Also the male mosquito has a bushy antennae sticking from the front of their head. The antennae helps them find females when it is time to mate. The male mosquitoes are also smaller than the females in size which is almost typical of the insect kingdom. Finally, only the female mosquitoes make the buzzing sound as they look for their food.
Because male mosquitoes do not need human being to feed and survive they tend to avoid contact with human beings. Knowing how to identify the kind of mosquitoes swarming your home is crucial to keeping healthy.