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What is the Lifespan of a Mosquito?

Mosquitoes typically have a lifespan ranging from a few weeks to around two months, within which they are continuously reproducing, thus maintaining their population. The journey from egg to adult mosquito spans roughly 14 days, during which the larvae metamorphose into pupae before maturing into adults. This cycle of breeding and laying eggs is repeated until the mosquitoes meet their end due to cooler temperatures, predation, or natural causes within their one-to-two-month lifespan.

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Mosquito Life Cycle

The development cycle of a mosquito, from egg to adult, unfolds over approximately two weeks.  In general, the mosquito breeding process is as follows:

  1. Egg Laying: Female mosquitoes need a meal of blood to initiate egg production. After feeding, they deposit their eggs on or around still water sources. These eggs typically hatch within 24 to 72 hours.
  2. Larval Stage: Upon hatching, larvae emerge into the water, where they can often be seen moving energetically. During this stage, they feed on microscopic life forms and organic materials. This stage lasts for about 7 to 10 days.
  3. Pupal Stage: The larvae then transition into the pupal stage, ceasing to feed and spending a few days near the water’s surface adapting to breathing air. This phase lasts approximately three days.
  4. Adult Mosquito: The adult mosquito emerges about three days after the pupal stage begins. Within a day of emerging, adult mosquitoes are capable of breeding. Female mosquitoes are particularly prolific, capable of reproducing and laying eggs for the majority of their lifespan.

How Long Do Mosquitoes Live?

Male mosquitoes, which draw sustenance from plant nectar, generally survive for about one to two weeks. Females, however, can live for more than a month, much longer than their male counterparts. Mosquito eggs have the resilience to lie dormant for extended periods, potentially months, until conditions are right for hatching. Despite their fleeting individual lifespans, mosquitoes consistently replenish their numbers through fast-paced reproduction, keeping their populations stable through the warmer seasons.

How Do Mosquitoes Die?

It’s a misconception that mosquitoes perish after feeding on blood; females actually continue to feed and breed throughout their lives. Mosquitoes naturally expire after about a month or two. The arrival of colder weather signals a decline in mosquito populations, as they cannot thrive in temperatures below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. While female mosquitoes may enter a state of hibernation to survive the winter, unhatched eggs are capable of withstanding the cold, lying in wait for spring to hatch.

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