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Relation Swarm Of Flying Mosquitoes Istock By Hans Verburg
Relation Swarm Of Flying Mosquitoes Istock By Hans Verburg

Facts You May Not Know About Mosquitoes

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  • There are 3000 species of mosquito in the world and are believed to have originated in the 16th century.

  • They are very prominent in Africa.

  • They weigh 2.5 milligrams and can fly at speeds of up to 1.5 miles per hour.

  • They beat their wings up to 600 times per minute.

  • The females have a lifespan of up to a month and the males live for ten to twenty days.

  • Females of some species can live for up to six months.

  • They never stray more than three miles from their breeding ground.

  • The word mosquito is Spanish for little fly.
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  • They feed mainly on fruit and plant nectar and only the female’s bite – feeding on the protein of the blood which is used to develop her eggs. She can carry up to 300 eggs at a time.

  • Larval and pupal stages develop in water and eggs develop into adult mosquitoes in 4 to 7 days.

  • They are attracted to humans by the smell of carbon dioxide, sweat, lactic acid, octenol, and body heat. Octenol is what gives blood its metallic smell.

  • They can drink three times their weight in blood — it would take 1.2 million bites to drain the average sized human.
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  • The carry some of the deadliest diseases known to man, including malaria.

  • They cause millions of deaths every year in the developing world – especially amongst the elderly and young children.

  • They are not, however, able to transmit the AIDS virus.

  • Mosquitoes are a source of food for many animals including birds, bat, dragonflies and frogs.

  • Mosquitoes are not affected by electronic devices and devices that use this as a deterrent are completely ineffective.

  • The itchiness of their bite is caused by the chemicals found in their saliva.
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School Holiday Safaris
The school holiday cycle is full of opportunity; there is a safari for every season, whether it’s during the Christmas, Easter or Summer holiday period.
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Episode 4 - Freshwater: Planet Earth III Filming Locations
Without freshwater, life on land wouldn't exist.
Freshwater is the most precious resource on our planet, but it's finite. Vital to life, only 2.5% of all Earth’s water is fresh and less than 1% of that is accessible. Planet Earth Three’s episode on freshwater documents its importance for selection of species.
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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Malaria - Should I Worry About It?
Many of Africa’s best safari regions are low to very low risk of malaria, particularly if you travel during the summer holidays.
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Patagonia Sr Whale Breach
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Episode 1 - Coasts: Planet Earth III Filming Locations
Are you feeling inspired to travel after watching Planet Earth Three?
Coasts offer the opportunity to see a wide variety of wildlife both at sea and on shore and are excellent destinations for wildlife enthusiasts. Follow in the footsteps of the Planet Earth crew and journey along the picturesque Garden Route coast to see Cape fur seals gathered in their thousands in South Africa. Head to the eerie Skeleton Coast of Namibia to find the desert-adapted lions that laze on its sand dunes. Or hop on a boat in Chile and watch the enormous barnacled body of southern right whales emerge from the water as they breach a matter of metres from your eyes.
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Relation Swarm Of Flying Mosquitoes Istock By Hans Verburg
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Facts You May Not Know About Mosquitoes
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Chitwa Chitwa Activities And Wildlife Family Walking Across From Elephants South Africa
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South Africa Family Safaris
If you’re looking for a country that’s got everything, choose South Africa. Renowned for the spectacular views of the Garden Route, vibrant Cape Town, malaria free safaris, fascinating history and outstanding wildlife, the whole family will fall under the alluring spell of this diverse country.
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Child Taking Photos Galapagos
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Ecuador and Galapagos Family Holidays
Treat your family to an extraordinary wildlife adventure holiday in the Galapagos and Ecuador. It’s a place you’ll likely visit just once so be sure to do it well. We have access to the finest yachts, lodges and expert guides. This way your family can visit remote islands in comfort and privacy encountering amazing wildlife.
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