Morphology

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Physical Description

Adults: adult mosquitos are slender true flies, usually less than 1 cm long. They have long thin legs and wings. Some other true flies look like mosquitos, but only mosquitos have the long thin mouthparts called a proboscis. Adult mosquitos have long antennae, and male mosquitos antennae look very feathery. Like all true flies, mosquitos only have two wings. Their bodies and wings are covered with microscopic scales.

Range length: 0.2 to 1.0 cm.

Other Physical Features: ectothermic ; bilateral symmetry

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Source: BioKIDS Critter Catalog

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