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A closeup look at Africa’s common malaria mosquito

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The Anopheles Freeborni is a straw-color insect noted for the way their abdomens lift into the air when they sit. Their wings are dotted with dark spots. The female’s clear belly will turn red and swell when full of blood. Females usually come out at dusk, and fly farther than other species. They will travel from rural areas into homes or barnyards to feed. They prefer to lay eggs in leafy, sunlit pools and drains, rice fields and ponds.

Image titleThey were once the primary carriers of malaria in agricultural areas on the West Coast, especially California. While malaria has been eradicated in the USA, health officials worry that local mosquitoes could pick it up again from an infected human and set off an outbreak. Help us be the generation to end malaria. Click here


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