The Transition to Adulthood of a Mosquito
September 02, 2013
Like all flies, mosquitoes go through four stages in their lifecycles: egg, larva, pupa, and adult or imago.
The first three stages—egg, larva, and pupa—are largely aquatic. These stages typically last five to 14 days, depending on the species and the ambient temperature.
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, gender, and weather conditions, have potential adult lifespans ranging from as short as a week to as long as several months.
Here’s a video showing the transition to adulthood: