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Anopheles - Biting Insect Library

Anopheles Mosquito

The Anopheles mosquito is known universally as the Malaria Mosquito because it is considered the primary vector of the disease.   It is also considered a transmitter of heartworm in dogs.


When resting, the stomach area of the Anopheles mosquito points upward, rather than being even with the surrounding surface like most mosquitoes.




Breeding Habits

The female Anopheles mosquito will lay her eggs in a wide range of locations.  Malaria mosquito breeding grounds include fresh water or salt-water, vegetative or non-vegetative, shady or sunlit.  Ground pools, small streams, irrigated lands, freshwater marshes, forest pools, and any other place with clean, slow-moving water are all considered prime Malaria mosquito breeding grounds for egg-laying.


Females, particularly fertilized females, may survive winter by hibernating in caves, which means the malaria breeding cycle can virtually last year-round in some locations.  Eggs are capable of surviving cold temperatures; however, freezing usually kills eggs.  Learn about the malaria mosquito bite, as well as the malaria mosquito species.




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