The Mosquito Life Cycle
In sum, the mosquito life cycle is about two weeks long. The stages of mosquito life are as follows.
- In order to reproduce, female mosquitoes need to first feed. After feeding, they will lay their eggs on or near stagnant water.
- After 24–72 hours, these eggs will hatch. When the larvae emerge from the eggs, they are typically seen wiggling in the water. The larvae will feed on algae, protozoans, and other organic materials.
- In 7–10 days, the larvae reach the pupal stage. Instead of feeding, the pupae spend a couple of days at the surface of the water to get used to the air.
- About three days after the pupal stage begins, the adult mosquito emerges. Only a day later, the adult mosquitoes are able to breed. Female mosquitoes can reproduce and lay eggs for most of their lifetime.
How Long Does a Mosquito Live For?
Mosquitoes can live anywhere from a couple of weeks to a couple of months. Male mosquitoes, which feed off of the nectar of plants, live typically for a week or two. Female mosquitoes, on the other hand, can live for over a month. Mosquito eggs, if they do not hatch, can survive for months at a time before hatching. Although mosquitoes have a relatively short life cycle, their rapid rate of reproduction keeps mosquito populations at a constant during the summer months.
When Do Mosquitoes Die?
Unlike some types of stinging insects, mosquitoes do not die after biting someone. In contrast, female mosquitoes will continually feed throughout their lifetime. Mosquitoes typically naturally die after a month or two. Females can occasionally hibernate, and unhatched eggs can survive the colder winter months when undisturbed. Mosquito populations die off when the warmer temperatures of spring and summer come to an end. This is because mosquitoes cannot function at temperatures less than 50 degrees. Many types of birds, like geese and swallows, will feed on mosquitoes.