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Mosquitoes go through four stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa, and adult. Eggs are laid in or near water surfaces. Once hatched, the mosquito larvae live in the water and come to the surface to breathe through a siphon tube. The mosquito larvae feed on microorganisms and organic matter found in the water. They molt into their pupal stage, which is their non-feeding stage when they change into an adult mosquito. The adult mosquitoes then emerge from the water to carry out the rest of their lives as terrestrial flying insects. Mosquitoes play an integral role in the spread of diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, West Nile fever, and encephalitis.
Sampling Location: Ephemeral and semi-permanent ponds on the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies property in Millbrook, NY. Ephemeral pools are wet for 1-2 weeks at a time. Semi-permanent pools generally persist most of the season.
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Data Source: Shannon LaDeau (Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies)
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