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What is the purpose of Mosquitos?

Asked by Dlucido13 (50points) May 17th, 2009 from iPhone

Their annoying. Their relentless. And their back!!!! Mosquitos are at large again and once again one ponders what purpose in life do these creatures serve?

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Jiminez's avatar


Creatures aren’t on this Earth to “serve a purpose”. No one “invented” mosquitoes. They’re on this Earth to live their lives.

Mushy99's avatar

To spread disease for the purpose of causing people pain and discomfort.

Blondesjon's avatar

There are simply one more species fighting for real-estate on this finite space we call Earth,

Apsaras's avatar

What purpose do people serve? I don’t mean to get all obnoxious flowerchild on you, but there’s little we’ve done that is positive in a sustainable environmental way.

If you want to get technical, their evolutionary “purpose” could be population control. Mosquitos are the deadliest animal currently alive on Earth by a mile – it’s just a bit scarier to think of getting eaten alive by a shark than it is to get a pinprick by a mosquito and die slowly of disease.

AstroChuck's avatar

Purpose? Why must everything have a purpose?

Cardinal's avatar

Night birds eat mosquitos (but not enough of them or fast enough to suit me).

gymnastchick729's avatar

great question, i hate mosquitos.. but i agree. does everything have to have a purpose?

Darwin's avatar

If you were a malaria parasite you would be celebrating the mosquito. And if you were a Mexican Free-tailed Bat you would be savoring the mosquito.

It’s all a matter of perspective.

dynamicduo's avatar

Mosquitoes do not have a purpose. They exist to have babies and eat, just as every other animal does. They are also food for toads and bats and other small creatures. And millions of bacteria live on them too, so they’re homes (and transmitters, see malaria) for them.

Their exact form has been dictated by evolution and natural selection. Over millions of years, their ancestors gradually developed the internal and external abilities (a sharp proboscis) to consume animal blood as food, and it proved to be an excellent mutation, thus mosquitoes were able to breed and eat and breed and eat and become numerous. Their exact numbers are a function of the weather, their ability to eat and breed, and the state/number of their predators.

Trying to give them a “purpose” is pointless, as they have no purpose beyond reproducing and staying alive. What purpose does a butterfly have? What about a dog?

ccatron's avatar

@dynamicduo – a butterfly is pretty to look at and they pollinate flowers…a dog fertilizes the yard and some help blind people get around. ever heard of “man’s best friend”? dogs are there to make life more enjoyable. and for population control. i’m sure that before dogs were bread as pets, they were vicious canines eating some other animal.

why can’t these things have purposes that we just don’t know about, yet? maybe mosquitoes have a hidden cure to disease.

sure mosquitoes have a purpose…they act as food for some animals.

dynamicduo's avatar

@ccatron Purpose simply implies that there was a creator to these things, when we know for a fact that there was no creator or designer for these items, they occured naturally over millions of years. I feel this is an important distinction to make. Mosquitoes have benefits, not purposes. A hidden disease cure would be a benefit, not a purpose.

ccatron's avatar

@dynamicduo – so by your theory or logic or whatever..only man made things can have purpose?...we as humans have no purpose. everything we do in life is ultimately pointless. wow, that sounds depressing.

gymnastchick729's avatar

about man being the only one with a purpose… arent humans the only ones that can think for themselves?? it makes sense, then, for only us to make an impact, or to serve a purpose…

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