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  • Mosquito Facts

    The egg stage is the first in the mosquito’s life cycle. The eggs can be laid on the surface of temporary standing water or on a moist substrate.  A rain event will cause the eggs to hatch.

    Once the eggs hatch, the mosquito enters the larval stage. The body of the larva is composed of three sections, the head, thorax, and abdomen. The larva breathes through a tube called a “siphon” that touches the surface of the water and helps the mosquito to receive air.

    This is the most active stage and the larvae are often called wigglers. This is also the feeding and growth stage, during which time the larvae molt several times, shedding their “skin” in the process. They pass through four instars. Feeding continues until late in the fourth instar and then they enter the pupal stage.

    The pupal stage is the third life stage before becoming an adult mosquito. The pupa is shaped like a comma The pupa breathes through two tubes, called trumpets that  also help to stabilize the pupa in the water.

    After the pupal stage, the mosquito emerges as an adult. The body of an adult mosquito has three regions, the head, thorax, and abdomen.

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