What are some adaptive traits for the reproduction of a mosquito?

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Adaptive traits are characteristics or traits that enable an organism to better adapt to its environment and give higher chances of survival and reproduction. Mosquitoes exhibit a number of adaptive traits that enable better reproduction. Female mosquitoes are ready for mating within a few hours of reaching the adult stage, whereas male mosquitoes take about 24 hours to get ready. The females attract male mosquitoes by the tone of their wing beats. Among other foods, females of some mosquito species also need blood for their ovaries to mature and eggs to develop. These female mosquitoes detect their blood hosts from a distance of up to 90 feet, using a combination of smell and sight. They can predate on a wide range of living organisms to satisfy their blood requirements. All these adaptations enable better reproduction chances for the mosquitoes.

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