Mosquitoes develop through four stages; egg, larva (wriggler), pupa (tumbler) and adult. It takes about 48 hours to finish egg embryonic development. The eggs hatch rapidly when they are flooded. The eggs can also survive during long periods of extreme dryness, sometimes for more than a year. Wigglers take about 7 days or longer to develop into an adult mosquito depending on the temperature and food supply. Mosquito larvae feed on a variety of organic materials and numerous other plant and animal micro-organisms in the water.
The lifespan of an adult stage Aedes mosquito can be as short as a few days to as long as several weeks.