|Inland Floodwater Mosquito - Aedes vexans |
Order Diptera / Suborder Nematocera / Infraorder Culicomorpha / Family Culicidae
Live adult mosquitoes photographed at Winfield, Illinois, USA.
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In much of the world, mosquitoes are a major public health problem; they are estimated to transmit disease to more than 69 million people annually. In the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Scandinavia, and other temperate countries, mosquito bites are mostly just a nuisance. However, global warming is increasing the range of mosquitos worldwide, resulting in increased frequency of dengue fever, Ross River fever, malaria and other mosquito borne diseases.
Flies of North America - Order Diptera. Flies are prevalent in virtually all habitats, with over 16,000 species in North America. Flies can be distinguished from all other insects in that they only have one pair of normal wings. The other pair has evolved into small ball-like structures called halteres, thought to be used as stabilizing organs during flight. Most flies have compound eyes and mouthparts adapted for piercing, lapping or sucking fluids.
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