Lifecycle of Mosquitoes – Adult Stage

Lifecycle of a Mosquito

Before we can really understand how to control mosquitoes, we must understand their life story. This illustration shows the four life stages of a typical mosquito. Click on any of the four life stages, or one of the mosquitoes’ hosts for more information.

Adult Stage

Only 10-14 days after being laid as an egg, the adult mosquito emerges from the pupa. After a short rest, the female adult seeks out her first blood meal, usually in the nighttime or evening, although some types of mosquitoes will remain active in shady areas during the day. Most of the mosquito’s time during daylight hours is spent resting in vegetation or other shady spots.