Mosquito Life

The following pages include general information about mosquito biology, ecology, habitats, and Interesting Facts.

 

Mosquito Biology

Mosquitoes develop through 4 different stages during their life: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Click here to learn more....

 

 

Mosquito Ecology

The ecological systems in Florida include Upland Ecosystems (pine flatwoods and dry prairies, scrub and high pine, temperate hardwood forests, and South Florida rockland); Freshwater Wetlands and Aquatic Ecosystems (swamps, freshwater marshes, lakes, rivers and springs); and Coastal Ecosystems (dunes and maritime forests, salt marshes, mangroves, inshore marine habitats, and coral reefs. In general, the climate in Florida is humid and subtropical with a cool, dry season and a warm, rainy season. However, there is a change from a temperate to tropical climate from north to south. There also exist variations in topography, climatic differences that occur over short distances, and microclimates. The varied ecological systems are reflected in the distribution and abundance of mosquito species throughout the state. Click here to learn more....

 

Mosquito Habitats

Learn more about mosquito habitats and the facts concerning "floodwater" and "standing water". Many people associate mosquitoes strictly with standing water, with the belief that mosquitoes have to have water to lay their eggs. The fact is, mosquito eggs need water to HATCH - but some species lay their eggs in moist soil (not standing water) and actually the eggs need to dry out before they can hatch. Click here to learn more....

 

Interesting Facts

There have been 80 species of mosquitoes identified from various collections in Florida. They all vary to some extent in their individual preferences for egg laying sites, time of day they will fly, temperature at which they are most active, the host they feed on for a blood meal, and seasonality. Click here to learn more....