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Mosquitoes are small, midge -like flies that constitute the family Culicidae. Females of most species are ectoparasite s, whose tube-like mouthparts (called a proboscis) pierce the hosts skin to consume blood . The word mosquito (formed by mosca and diminutive ito) is Spanish for little fly . Thousands of species feed



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