Toxorhynchites brevipalpis

Huge, with a wingspan of almost an inch, this species is also a Methuselah, living up to 4 months. Because its larvae devour the larvae of other species, such as Aedes aegypti, it is used in biological control.

Distribution: Tropical Africa.

Breeding habitat: Treeholes and plant axils; also cans, tires, and other human artifacts.

Feeding: One of few species in which females donít need blood proteins to produce eggs; they feed on plant nectar instead.

Diseases: Cannot transmit pathogens because it doesnít bite.

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