Story: Sandflies and mosquitoes

Mosquito life cycle

There are four stages in the mosquito life cycle. Eggs are laid in water. Larvae (or wrigglers) hatch and swim. They then become pupae (also known as tumblers). This is a resting stage between larvae and adults. Pupae then turn into adult mosquitoes. In many species, the adult female bites humans, before she lays eggs.

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Carl Walrond, 'Sandflies and mosquitoes - Mosquitoes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/14741/mosquito-life-cycle (accessed 24 May 2019)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 24 Sep 2007