We all know how obnoxious this insect can be… But did you know that the mosquito is the deadliest animal on the planet? Over a million people are killed by mosquito-borne diseases each year.
UNDERSTANDING THE MOSQUITO LIFE CYCLE
Mosquitoes go through four stages in their lifecycles: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. In most species, adult females lay their eggs in stagnant water. Some lay eggs near the water’s edge; others attach their eggs to aquatic plants. Some breed in lakes, some in temporary puddles. While others prefer to breed in rainwater accumulated in holes in tree trunks, or a cupped leaf.
The first three stages—egg, larva, and pupa—are largely aquatic. These stages typically last 5 to 14 days, depending on the species and the temperature. Mosquitoes living in regions, like Michigan, where some seasons are freezing or waterless spend part of the year in diapause; they delay their development, typically for months, and carry on with life only when there is enough water or warmth for their needs.
Eggs hatch to become larvae, which grow until they are able to change into pupae. The adult mosquito emerges from the mature pupa as it floats at the water surface. Bloodsucking mosquitoes, depending on species, sex, and weather conditions, have potential adult lifespans ranging from as short as a week to as long as several months.
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