Over 40 different species of mosquitoes have been identified from Cape May County. In many, but not all, cases female mosquitoes require proteins and nutrients from blood to produce eggs. Additionally, some females are very particular about the kind of host blood they require. For instance, there are some mosquitoes that will only take blood from birds, some only from reptiles and some that aren’t as particular and will utilize whatever host is most available. It is important to note that only female mosquitoes require blood and that it is not food for them, but is only used to produce eggs.