File - In this Jan. 27, 2016 photo, samples of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, responsible for transmitting dengue and Zika, sit in a petri dish at the Fiocruz Institute in Recife, Pernambuco state, Brazil. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
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Stingers. Whatever you call them, mosquitoes don't get much love from our species. ... primeval and deadly Mosquitoes were annoying velociraptors and stegosauruses long before a giant meteor wiped out the dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period.The Anopheles genus carries malaria, which killed some 600,000 people in 2015, according to the World Health Organization.With a little help from us, mosquitoes are also highly mobile.One species, Aedes albopictus, has colonized 20 countries in Europe in just the last 25 years, an expansion said to have been helped by global warming.As waterbound larvae, mosquitos are filter feeders that consume single-cell algae, and are in turn a favored food for fish.Then again, there are a lot of mosquitoes in the world.Male mosquitos are important plant pollinators.
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