and pupae live in water, usually still water. They do not
survive well in rushing streams or badly polluted water.
Adults hide in vegetation near water or in cool, damp places.
Many species fly in search of blood meals in the evening.
Many fish and predatory aquatic insects eat larvae and pupae.
Bats, birds and spiders eat flying adults. Mosquito larvae
are important food for fish and other predatory aquatic
Adult mosquitoes are also important food for birds, bats
and other arthropods, including dragonflies and spiders.
Mosquitoes transmit pathogens that cause some of the worst
diseases known, including malaria, yellow fever, dengue
fever and encephalitis. However, mosquitoes only transmit
the pathogens. In most cases, they must feed on someone
with the disease to be able to transmit it to another person.