Toxorhynchites speciosus is the largest mosquito in the world. This kind of mosquitoes can be found along the along the coast of Australia & north of Sydney (coastal areas) in the states of New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territory.

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This largest mosquito also called “elephant mosquito”. Female Toxorhynchites are longer than male in size. A female Toxorhynchites specious can be reached up to 3.8 cm (1.5 inches). The very large mosquito clothed in blue and silver scales. They have a greenish metallic thorax, black and yellow belly and white band on their legs.

The interesting thing about these mosquitoes is that they do not suck blood. These mosquitoes are known as mosquito eaters as they feed the larva of other species of mosquito. Adult Toxorhynchites speciosus feed honeydew, juices from rotting fruits, and sap from damaged plants. Researchers have suggested that Toxorhynchites mosquitoes be introduced to areas outside their natural range in order to fight dengue fever as they eat larva of other mosquitoes.

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