Bug and Insect Illustration (Illustrator)


Mosquito Life Cycle

Mosquito Life Cycle, colored pencil and watercolor

Commissioned by: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

About Mosquitoes:
Mosquitoes find people by sensing carbon dioxide and lactic acid. People expel theses gases when they breathe. Female mosquitoes lay eggs in water, generally on the surface of the water. The larvae (wigglers or wrigglers) emerge from the eggs and eventually change into pupae (tumblers). The pupa becomes the adult mosquito. This process takes about three to four weeks. Mosquitoes, like all insects, have three body parts, the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. They also bite rabbits, birds, and other animals. Only female mosquitoes need blood. Males feed on plant nectar.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda (having a segmented body with appendages on each segment)
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Suborder: Nematocera
Infraorder: Culicomorpha
Family: Culicidae

More about mosquitoes:
How Stuff Works: mosquito

Also See:

mosquito larva
mosquito larva
mosquito pupa
mosquito pupa


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