Life Cycle of a Mosquito
The Life Cycle of a Mosquito features the four stages of this usually pesky creature.
Egg: Eggs are laid one at a time or attached together to form "rafts." They float on the surface of the water. In the case of some species, the eggs are stuck together in rafts of up to 200.
Larva: The larva lives in the water and comes to the surface to breathe. Larvae shed (molt) their skins four times, growing larger after each molt. Most larvae have siphon tubes for breathing and hang upside down from the water surface.
Pupa: The pupal stage is a resting, non-feeding stage of development, but pupae are mobile, responding to light changes and moving with a flip of their tails towards the bottom or protective areas. This is the time the mosquito changes into an adult. This process is similar to the metamorphosis seen in butterflies when the butterfly develops.
Adult: The newly emerged adult rests on the surface of the water for a short time to allow itself to dry and all its body parts to harden. The wings have to spread out and dry properly before it can fly. Blood feeding and mating does not occur for a couple of days after the adults emerge.
Want to teach about the dangers of mosquito breeding that leads to dengue? Use this set to look up close at the Eggs, Larva Pupa and Mosquito in a sensory bin, touch and feel, talk about the anatomy and the life cycle of the mosquito. This adult mosquito is about 3 inches long.
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