Here is a list of the top 10 most dangerous mosquitoes of all time
- Anopheles gambiae: This mosquito is the main vector of malaria in Africa, where it kills millions of people every year. It prefers to bite humans and can detect them from a distance of 100 meters.
- Aedes aegypti: This mosquito is responsible for transmitting dengue fever, yellow fever, Zika virus and chikungunya virus. It breeds in urban areas and can bite multiple times in one feeding session.
- Culex pipiens: This mosquito is a carrier of West Nile virus, Japanese encephalitis and filariasis. It is widespread in temperate and tropical regions and feeds on birds and mammals.
- Aedes albopictus: This mosquito is also known as the Asian tiger mosquito because of its distinctive black and white stripes. It can transmit several diseases, including dengue fever, Zika virus and chikungunya virus. It is an invasive species that has spread to many countries around the world.
- Anopheles funestus: This mosquito is another major vector of malaria in Africa, especially in humid areas. It is highly resistant to insecticides and can survive for long periods without feeding.
- Mansonia uniformis: This mosquito is a vector of lymphatic filariasis, a parasitic infection that causes elephantiasis. It lives in aquatic plants and can pierce through clothing to bite humans.
- Aedes japonicus: This mosquito is native to East Asia but has been introduced to North America and Europe. It can transmit several diseases, including West Nile virus, La Crosse encephalitis and dengue fever. It is active during the day and night and can breed in small containers of water.
- Anopheles stephensi: This mosquito is the main vector of urban malaria in India and Pakistan. It can also transmit other diseases, such as chikungunya virus and leishmaniasis. It prefers to bite indoors and can adapt to different environments.
- Culex quinquefasciatus: This mosquito is also known as the southern house mosquito because it is common in warm regions. It can transmit several diseases, including West Nile virus, St. Louis encephalitis and lymphatic filariasis. It feeds mainly on birds but can also bite humans and animals.
- Anopheles darlingi: This mosquito is the most important vector of malaria in South America. It has a high biting rate and can transmit multiple strains of the parasite. It lives near rivers and lakes and can fly long distances to find hosts.