Life Cycle of a Mosquito

No. 662616

by Safari Ltd
  • Mosquitos begin life in the water, where their eggs are laid in floating rafts. The larvae that emerge feed on organic material in the water while developing into pupae. Days later, an adult mosquito emerges from the water, waits for its wings to dry, and flies off.
  • Scientific Name: Culicidae
  • Characteristics: Mosquitos go through a radical transformation, spending three out of four stages living in water. As adults, only females drink blood; males are only interested in mating.
  • Size and Color: These flexible figures show how mosquitos advance through extremely distinct stages. The adult measures 4 inches from wingtip to wingtip, so all the details are magnified.
  • The Life Cycle of a Mosquito is part of the Safariology® collection.
  • All of our products are Non-toxic and BPA free.
  • History

    Mosquitos have pestered the rest of the animal kingdom since at least the Cretaceous period, and they sometimes became trapped in amber. Today, over 3,000 species live worldwide, and they aren’t very picky eaters. Not only do mosquitos feed on human blood, but they also bite birds, mammals, and even other insects. Because they transfer diseases like West Nile and Malaria, they are considered the deadliest creatures on Earth. Interestingly, only the females have a taste for blood; males drink from flowers, and are therefore pollinators.

    • Recommended Age: 4+
    • Size in cm: 19.5 W x 23 H
    • Size in inches: 7.68 W x 9.06 H
    • UPC: 609366662619
    Eggs A female mosquito needs a water source in which to lay her eggs. Stagnant water, such as ponds and marshes, make ideal nesting grounds. She will lay her eggs one at a time, laying several hundred in total. Some species lay their eggs in connected rafts, while others' eggs stay separated in the water. Larva In just a couple days, Mosquito eggs will hatch into larva. This is an active, growing stage in which the larva must eat often and sheds its skin as it grows. The larva stay in the water in which the eggs were laid, eating whatever organic matter is present. Pupa After the larvae shed their skins several times, they enter the pupa stage. As with most insects, this is an inactive stage in which the Mosquito transitions into an adult. It takes only about two days to complete the stage, after which the Mosquito is an adult. Mosquito After its pupa skins splits open, an adult emerges, still in the water in which the eggs were laid. It takes a few minutes for its wings to dry before the Mosquito can take flight. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood, which is needed for them to lay eggs.