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Have you ever wondered why do we actually need mosquitoes? I mean my goodness they sure can be annoying when you are trying to enjoy a Summer day but mosquitoes are in fact very important. Some people want to know though how long does a mosquito live? I'm Janice Creneti and I'm here to talk to you today exactly about that question. But the question is a little bit more complicated than you might think. When most people think of mosquitoes they are thinking of one form which is the adult form. That is the form that is flying around and the female of the species is the one that is coming after you to get your blood. But mosquitoes are an insect and insects have a kind of complicated life cycle. They actually go through something that is called complete metamorphosis which means there are four different stages that they go through from when they are laid as an egg to when they are hatching out as an adult. So the eggs take about a week to hatch after they are laid and then the mosquito actually becomes a larva. Now one of the things that is true about animals like insects is that they have this hard covering on the outside rather than bones on the inside. Well any time they want to grow they have to shed that hard covering. The mosquito actually has to do that four different times. Each of those phases is called an instar. When that is completed the mosquito goes into a pupa stage. This is kind of like the butterfly in its cocoon. That is where everything is getting digested and rearranged and the larva is getting turned into an adult mosquito. After that the adult mosquito hatches. Female adults can live from three days to 100 days and men tend to live closer to about two weeks but the female sure are around long enough to make our lives aggravating. I'm Janice Creneti and this is how long do mosquitoes live?