• Question: Do male or female mosquitoes bite people?

    Asked by littlemissknowitall to Douglas, Matt, Tom on 24 Jun 2010 in Categories: .
    • Photo: Matthew Hurley

      Matthew Hurley answered on 24 Jun 2010:

      Both feed from humans. Mostly it is the female that bites people and spread diseases like malaria though. THis is probably something to do with the malaria parasite.

    • Photo: Douglas Blane

      Douglas Blane answered on 24 Jun 2010:

      It’s the females I’m afraid. They’re not doing it to hurt you though, but to help get the protein and iron they need for their eggs. They’re doing their job of being a mother.

      Male and female mosquitos mostly eat nectar from flowers, same as bees and butterflies.