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Mosquito larvae in water that has accumulated in a discarded plastic bottle top. Mosquitoes (family Culicidae) are ectoparasites found worldwide. They feed on the blood of their hosts. The larvae of mosquitoes hatch and live in water until they attain their adult form. The larvae feed on algae and other detritus suspended in the water. Standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Several mosquito species transmit human diseases such as malaria, the zika virus, and yellow fever.
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