Life Cycle of a Mosquito

What is the Mosquito Life Cycle?
The mosquito goes through 4 distinct stages during its life cycle:
  • egg - hatches when exposed to water;
  • larva - (plural. - larvae) lives in the water; molts several times; most species surface to breathe air;
  • pupa - (plural - pupae) does not feed; stage just prior to emerging as adult;
  • adult - flies short time after emerging and after its body parts have hardened.
Mosquito Life Cycle diagram