My Home: I will usually remain within one mile of
the place where my egg hatched. I am found most
often near a water source; rivers, ponds, lakes,
streams or pools of standing water.

What I eat: As a larva, I eat the organic material in
the water. As an adult male, I will drink the nectar or juices
from decaying materials. Only the female mosquito will bite.
The female requires a blood meal to develop her eggs.

What I look like: I am ½ to ¾ of an inch in length, gray in color with a long needle like mouth part that is used to drink my food.

How I am born: I go through four stages of development:
egg, larva, pupa and adult. A female will lay her eggs in water,
100 to 300 at a time. As a larva in the water, I breathe by
using a tube I stick up above the surface like a snorkel.
My life cycle from egg to adult is about a month. Female
mosquitoes live up to 100 days. The males only live
approximately 20 days.

  Fun Facts
Mosquitoes existed
about 170 million years
ago, during the time of the
dinosaurs. There are about
3,500 species of mosquitoes.