Buzz·Posted on Jan 21, 201917 Wild Facts About Mosquitos That You Didn't Know BeforeThe more you know about these lil guys, the more you gotta kiiinda respect them.by Juliana KataokaEquipe BuzzFeed, Brasil FacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Fact #1: There are at least 3,500 named species of mosquitos, but only a few hundred of them bite or ~bug~ us humans. Bwancho / Getty Images Also, the word "mosquito" is Spanish for "little fly." 2. The Aedes aegypti and the Aedes albopictus species of mosquitos are ones that transmit the Zika virus, dengue fever, and the chikungunya virus. Getty Images 3. The average mosquito lives for a little less than two months. Males usually live for up to 10 days, whereas females can live up to 8 weeks in ideal conditions. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com 4. The ones doing all the bloodsucking are the female mosquitos, which she does in order to feed her brood of upwards of 300 eggs. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF instagram.com 5. And an adult female mosquito can lay eggs every 10 days. Tzahiv / Getty Images 6. And for the record, a mosquito actually uses six "needlelike" mouthparts to suck on your blood. Twitter: @taatisalazar 7. Take heart, though: it would take 1.1 million mosquitoes to totally drain all the blood from an adult human. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com 8. Male mosquitoes, meanwhile, live the sweet life and dine on plant nectar or sap. Eerik / Getty Images 9. Mosquitos are drawn to humans by smelling the carbon dioxide we breathe out and sensing our body heat. Constantincornel / Getty Images 10. And that whining, buzzy sound they make comes from their wings... Twitter: @rodneigif 11. Which, FYI: female mosquitos can beat their wings up to 500 times per second — which is how male mosquitoes find them. Weisschr / Getty Images 12. And yes, some people are prone to more mosquito bites than others, based on their blood type, metabolism, and whether or not they've had a beer recently. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com 13. As well as pregnant women... Getty Images 14. And people who wear dark clothing. Getty Images 15. They aren't actually as obsessed with us humans as we'd think — mosquitoes also feed on mammals, birds, and even amphibians. Fymstudio / Getty Images 16. When you're bitten, that itching you can't help but scratch isn't even from the bite itself, but rather from anticoagulants and saliva they inject into you. Twitter: @gdpwsants And the swelling is a result of our immune system reacting and identifying those substances as foreign bodies. 17. More reasons to love air conditioning / also winter? Mosquitos either hibernate or die when it gets to be under 50 degrees. Tap to play or pause GIF Tap to play or pause GIF giphy.com See? Winter's not ALL bad, now that you think about it. This post was translated from Portuguese.