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Only the female mosquito has the piercing and sucking mouthparts. The male feeds on plant juices such as nectar. The female needs a blood meal before laying eggs. She alights on the skin of the host animal (e.g. human) and pushes her mouthparts through the skin to reach a capillary. The blood is then sucked up through the tubular mouthpart. The saliva stops the blood from clotting.
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