How Many Legs Does a Mosquito Have?

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Mosquitoes have three pairs of jointed legs, so they have six legs in all. A mosquito's body is divided into three parts: the head, thorax and abdomen. The legs are attached to the thorax and abdomen. Mosquitoes also have compound eyes and a pair of antennae.

Mosquito is a common name for nearly 2000 species of two-winged insects. The male mosquito feeds on nectar and water, while the female feeds on the blood of warm-blooded animals. The bite of the female mosquito causes itching and irritation. Mosquitoes transmit several diseases, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever and filariasis. They usually thrive in warm environments.