New Footage Shows Mosquito Larvae As It Is Launching Its Head Towards Prey in Record Time

New Footage Shows Mosquito Larvae As It Is Launching Its Head Towards Prey in Record Time
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Perhaps not everybody knows that mosquitoes perceive some people as more delicious than others. In other words, those little flying vampires will prefer chowing down on some people’s blood more than in the case of others. 

At the same time, mosquitoes don’t only bite humans, which means that you must cut those insects some slack and stop blaming them for everything. Mosquitoes won’t hesitate to feed even on our pets if they get the chance.

Mosquito larvae hunt down their victims using their heads

Mosquito larvae use their heads to catch their victims… literally speaking! Scientists recorded video of such larvae performing their hunt for prey, and it doesn’t seem at all as if they may have cut some corners! 

It has been revealed that two species, which are known as Toxorhynchites amboinensis and Psorophora ciliata, are capable of launching their heads to get their prey in about 15 milliseconds.

Robert Hancock, lead author of the study and also a professor at the Metropolitan State University’s Department of Biology, explained as ScienceAlert quotes:

They were using their siphons to snag prey larvae and pull them into their gaping mouthparts,

That was one of these, ‘I can’t believe this; this is amazing’ kind of moments.

Hancock also told Live Science:

We all saw a blur; then we saw a captured larva being shoveled into the mouth of a predator. That’s all we saw.

There are more than 3,000 mosquito species on Earth, and 176 of them can be found in North America. The most common mosquito species that can be found in the US are the Aedes, Culex, and Anopheles genera.

The new research was published in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America.


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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