Life Cycle of Aedes

Life Cycle of Aedes

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Life Stages of Aedes Mosquitoes

Eggs
•• Adult, female mosquitoes lay their eggs on the inner, wet walls of containers with water, above the waterline.
•• Eggs are very hardy; they stick to the walls of a container
like glue and can survive drying out for up to 8 months

Larva
•• Larvae emerge from mosquito eggs, but only after the
water level rises to cover the eggs. This means that
rainwater or humans adding water to containers with eggs
will trigger the larvae to emerge.
•• Larvae feed on microorganisms in the water. After molting
three times, the larva becomes a pupa.

Pupa
•• Pupae will develop until the body of the newly formed
adult flying mosquito emerges from the pupal skin and
leaves the water.

Adult
•• After adult mosquitoes emerge: male mosquitoes feed
on nectar from flowers and female mosquitoes feed on
humans and animals for blood to produce eggs.
•• After feeding, female mosquitoes will look for water
sources to lay more eggs.
•• Aedes aegypti only flies a few blocks during its life.
•• Unlike other mosquito species, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
prefer to bite people.
•• Aedes aegypti mosquitoes prefer to live near people. They
can be found inside homes, buildings, and businesses
where window and door screens are not used or doors are
left propped open.

 

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