FEMALE: Female mosquitoes feed on blood because it provides proteins that are needed to lay mosquito eggs. After feeding, females lay their eggs.
EGGS: Eggs must be laid near water. They are usually attached together to form "rafts" that float on the surface of the water. They usually hatch within 48 hours.
LARVAE: Larvae live in water between 4-14 days and stay near the surface to breathe. Brushes near their mouths filter food needed for growth development. They shed their skin 4 times, growing each time, until they are ½ inch long.
PUPA: The pupa stage is the last development stage before becoming adult mosquitoes. In this stage they live in water from 1-4 days until they are ready to come out of their hard outer shell. The mature mosquito rests and lets it's body dry.
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