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The life cycle of a mosquito begins when a male uses his feathery antennae to locate a female. After the mating process the female will then seek out blood meal to help in egg production. This is when you will get bitten. The female then lays the eggs in standing pools of water – this can include bird-baths, buckets, and even mud puddles – essentially wherever she can find standing water. While most mosquitoes lay their eggs directly into water, others can lay their eggs near bodies of water, not necessarily in them. The number of eggs the female lays varies from species to species, but it can be as much as over 100 eggs in one laying.

Mosquito Larvae

Within 24 to 48 hours the eggs will hatch into larvae. These are wormlike larvae are often called wigglers because of their wiggling swimming motion. They quickly grow to become approximately 5 mm in length and they are able to breathe through air tubes. Often times the larger larvae are seen floating just above the surface of infested waters.

Mosquito Pupae

During the next seven to 10 days, these larvae/wigglers will feed and then enter the pupal stage. Pupae are also known as tumblers because of their motion of tumbling into the water. Pupae are also visible at the surface of the breeding site. Once they are ready and fully developed, the tumbler/pupae will emerge from their pupal case as an adult. The adult will then stand on the waters surface and dry its wings, hardening its exoskeleton, in preparation of its first flight. The larvae and pupae are not able to survive without water, so if a water source evaporates before the larvae and pupae make their transformation into adult mosquitoes they will often die.

Mosquito Lifetime

Various species have various lengths of the life cycles. This is dependent on environmental conditions such as temperature and moisture. But all mosquitoes share the same life cycle – egg to larval to pupal to adult.

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