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Every kind of mosquito goes through four distinct stages in its life cycle:
The length of the first three stages depends on the species (as you might expect) but also on the average temperature. For instance, Culex tarsalis may complete its life cycle in 14 days at 20°C (68°F) and only ten days at 25°C (77°F). Some species have a life cycle of as little as four days or as long as one month. The females tend to outlast the males, however, as the average lifespan of a male mosquito is 10 to 20 days while a female can live anywhere between 3 to 100 days.