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Anopheles mosquito feeding on skin. Footage of the mosquito Anopheles stephensi, an important vector of malaria, feeding on human skin. The abdomen will swell and turn red as the mosquito feeds on her human host. This mosquito is found from the Middle East through the Indian subcontinent to China. It is found in both rural and urban areas throughout its range, laying eggs in still water. The eggs hatch into larvae, which then develop into the winged adult form. Urban mosquitoes are more likely to feed on humans, and hence to transmit malaria.
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