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Sabethes cyaneus

…a colorful species of mosquito that occurs in Central and South America, ranging from Belize to northern Argentina. Like most mosquitoes this species is a ‘parasite’ and will feed on the blood meal of mammals. Males of this species are known to put on an elaborate courtship display to attract females. This display consists of the male waving his legs and swinging his body back and forth.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Diptera-Nematocera-Culicomorpha-Culicoidea-Culicidae-Culcinae-Sabethini-Sabethes-S. cyaneus

Images: Sean McCann and Andre Megroz

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