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Life Cycle of Mosquito

Life Cycle of Mosquito


What is the Mosquito Life Cycle?

Mosquitoes like to lay their eggs in standing water and they go through 4 stages of development: egg, larva, pupa and adult.  In ideal conditions, a mosquito can complete its life cycle in little as seven days.

What is the egg phase of a mosquito?

Female mosquitoes lay their eggs from late spring until early fall. Hundreds of eggs are laid at a time in groups that float on the surface of the water. Most mosquito eggs hatch into larva within 48 hours.

What is the larva stage of a mosquito?

Mosquito larvae, commonly called wigglers because of the way they move, hatch from the eggs and feed on algae and other nutrients found in the water. They come to the surface frequently to obtain air. The larva becomes a pupa in 7-14 days.

What is the pupa stage of a mosquito?

The pupa stage of development is where the mosquito turns into an adult. This process takes 2-3 days where the pupa rests and doesn’t feed before turning into an adult.

What is the adult stage of a mosquito?

The adult mosquito will rest on the surface of the water to dry its wings. The female adult can live for several weeks, the male only about one week.



Do all Mosquitoes Bite Humans?

Only female mosquitoes bite humans as they need blood to develop their eggs. Male mosquitoes feed on nectar and plant juices.

Do all Mosquitoes transmit the virus?

There are specific species of mosquitoes that are most likely to spread West Nile virus to humans. Culex pipiens mosquitoes are the main transmitters of the virus. This species is most commonly found in an urban environment. Aedes vexans is another mosquito species that is an important transmitter of West Nile virus.


Last modified on Jul 08, 2016