Mosquito Life Cycles

Mosquito control professionals from local government departments or mosquito control districts use this information about mosquito biology and their life cycles to develop plans for controlling mosquitoes. All types of mosquitoes have similar life cycles. A mosquito egg hatches into a larva. A larva becomes a pupa. An adult mosquito emerges from the pupa.

Some mosquitoes lay eggs in water, others on soil. Some mosquitoes lay their eggs singly on the surface of water, others lay several eggs at a time in rafts that float on water, others lay eggs on moist ground, and others lay eggs inside containers above the water line. Watch a videoexternal icon to see a female Aedes aegypti mosquito laying eggs.