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.
The pupal stage of the mosquito’s life serves as a transitional phase between the water-bound larva and the adult. Two tiny ‘trumpets’ (or breathing tubes) near the head, allow the pupa to breath. Even though pupae do not feed, they can still move quickly, tumbling to the water’s bottom when disturbed by a shadow or other sign of danger.