MOSQUITO LIFE CYCLE
A mosquito develops from egg to adulthood in 4 to 7 days.
The Cradles of Life
Adult mosquitoes lay their eggs in breeding sites. Typically these
sites are standing water, however eggs can be laid in a dry place were
water is likely to come at a later time. The most common places are
still ponds and lakes. While these breeding grounds are obvious, some
of the others are not. Mosquitoes can breed inside of old tires, swimming
pools, and even bottle caps. Any container that collects water and
protects in from being disturbed is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
The possibilities are limitless.
One female mosquito may lay 100 to 300 eggs at a time and may average 1,000 to 3,000 offsprings during her life span.
The Circle of Life
The mosquito life cycle is broken down into four stages. The first
is the egg, which we know is laid in still water breeding grounds
by adult mosquitoes. These eggs remain on the surface of the water until
they hatch into larva. In the larva stage several layers of skin
are shed. This stage can range from days to weeks. The larva change
into pupa, and in this stage the mosquito becomes an adult over the course
of a few days. Now that the mosquito is fully developed, it begins searching
for food and a mate. Full of plant nectar and done with
her business the female mosquito begins looking for the protein necessary
for her to lay eggs and continue the life cycle. The mosquito’s
protein source is blood. The average life span of a female mosquito is 3 to 100 days. the male lives 10 to 20 days.