Everyone Says they Suck: The Life and Cycle of a Mosquito
Posted On : May 27th, 2018
Don’t underestimate the amount of work it takes to be a mosquito. Did you know that the average life cycle of all mosquito species consists of four distinct stages? Don’t even get us started on the family reunion, there are over 300 species of mosquitoes in the world!
The most common and the most dangerous mosquito of them all is the Culex Pipien which is the family member we all dread. What makes the The Culex Pipiens mosquito so dangerous? Well, the Culex Pipien happens to be the main carrier of the West Nile virus. It’s important to learn about mosquitoes and how you can control them in order to avoid any itchy bites or diseases.
Let’s break down the Life Cycle of a Mosquito:
Eggs, Larvae, Pupae, and Adult.
Only female mosquitoes can lay eggs. In order for the female mosquito to lay eggs, it needs a blood meal. After each blood meal, a female mosquito can lay up to several hundred eggs. The eggs have to be laid in or around water and will attach to one another. After 24-48 hours, the eggs will hatch and release larvae
After the eggs hatch, the larvae emerge. Larvae are referred to as “wigglers” because of how they appear when they swim. Mosquitoes spend about seven days to complete development of the larval stage depending on food and temperature conditions. Larvae can be effectively controlled using products that poison or block their breathing.
A week to ten days after the eggs hatch, the larvae transform to pupae. At this stage, they can breathe oxygen. However, they cannot feed (bite) yet. Mosquitoes spend at least one to two days in the pupae stage.
Once the mosquitoes have reached the adult stage, they will begin to feed on nectar; only the female mosquito will seek out a blood meal for reproduction and this only happens once. They continue to lay eggs after each blood meal. Under ideal conditions, females can live upwards of a month. On the other hand, male mosquitoes live for about three to five days after mating. The adult mosquito typically lives for a period of six to eight weeks.
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