Mosquitoes are small, long legged, two winged insects belonging to the order Diptera and the family Culicidae. Adult mosquitoes differ from other flies because they have scales on the wing veins and wing margin, and they have an elongate proboscis used to bite and draw blood from their host, which is needed for egg development. This group contains over 2,600 species, with about 162 species in the US, belonging to 13 genera and 3 subfamilies.
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