Have you ever wondered about the life cycle of pesky mosquitoes? These biting bugs actually have a life cycle that takes place in four stages: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult mosquitoes. Read on to learn more about a mosquito’s life cycle.
How Long do Mosquitoes Live?
Once their job is done, male mosquitoes live three to five days. The females tend to mate only once, but live considerably longer, depending on how much warmth and moisture is in their environment. Under ideal conditions, they may live as long as a month or two.
They Start as Eggs
Female mosquitoes live longer than male ones. This is because once the male has bred with a female mosquito, he will die within three to five days. However, since the female lives longer, she can lay about 100 to 300 eggs at a time during her lifespan. Her favorite place to lay these clumps of eggs is in standing water since the eggs can not hatch until they have been submerged in water for about two to three days.
Larvae is the Next Stage
Upon hatching, the egg reaches the larvae stage. At this point, mosquitoes are called “wigglers” because they wriggle around in the standing water where they get the needed nutrients for survival. This is the easiest stage to kill mosquitoes as they are at their most vulnerable.
Pupae is the Next Stage
Also known as “tumblers”, pupae now submerge themselves to the bottom of the water. At this point, the pupae do not feed but they are still in a stage of development. From here, it takes about four days for the mosquito to emerge.
At this point, the mosquito will climb out of the stagnant water and wait until they are completely dried off. The males take a couple of days to develop their reproductive organs and then they take flight, with the sole aim of creating more mosquitoes. The female will mate once with a chosen male but then continues to lay eggs during her life cycle which can last up to two months.
How do Mosquitoes Survive the Winter?
Mosquitoes bite us all summer long, but what happens to mosquitos in the winter? Once winter comes, mosquitoes hibernate. They look for small holes where they can hide until warmer weather comes around again. Female mosquitoes will even lay their eggs in frozen water and once the water becomes warm enough, the eggs will hatch and repeat the four-stage cycle.
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