Life Cycle of Anopheles Species Mosquitoes
Anopheles species mosquitoes
It usually takes 10–14 days for an egg to develop into an adult mosquito.
Life stages of Anopheles species
- Adult, female mosquitoes lay eggs one at a time directly on water. The eggs float on the surface of the water.
- Adult, female mosquitoes lay 50–200 eggs at a time.
- Eggs do not tolerate drying out.
- Larvae live in the water. They hatch from mosquito eggs.
- Anopheles larvae breath by using special organs (called spiracles) located on their abdomen.
- Larvae shed their skin (molt) four times during this stage before becoming pupae.
- Pupae live in water. Pupae do not have external mouthparts, so they do not eat during this stage.
- An adult mosquito emerges from a pupa and flies away.
- Adult female mosquitoes bite people and animals. Female mosquitoes need blood to produce eggs.
- Adult female Anopheles mosquitoes prefer to feed on people or animals, such as cattle.
- Some Anopheles male mosquitoes fly in large swarms, usually around dusk, and the females fly in the swarms to mate.
- After blood feeding, the female mosquitoes rest for a few days while the blood digests and the eggs develop. After the eggs develop, the female lays them in the water sources.
- Anopheles mosquitoes generally don’t fly more than a 1.2 miles (2 km) from their larval habitats.
- Anopheles mosquitoes are attracted to dark, sheltered areas for resting during the daytime.
Mosquito Life Cycle: Anopheles species mosquitoes
Page last reviewed: March 2, 2022