A mosquito may lay a raft of eggs every third night during its life span. Culex mosquitoes lay their eggs one at a time, sticking them together to form a raft of 200 - 300 eggs. If that mosquito is lucky enough to live 4 to 6 weeks, you can do the math. No wonder there are so many of them. Some mosquitoes can lay up to 3,000 eggs in her short lifetime.

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Mosquitoes undergo complete metamorphosis; they go through four distinct stages of development during a lifetime. The four stages are egg, pupa, larva, and adult. The full life-cycle takes about a month. 

Eggs: After drinking blood, some adult females  can lay a raft of 40 to 400 tiny white eggs in standing water or very slow-moving water. Not all mosquitoes lay egg rafts. Albopictus lay single eggs just above the waters surface, mostly in containers all summer long.

Larvae:Within a week, the eggs hatch into larvae (sometimes called wrigglers) that breathe air through tubes which they poke above the surface of the water. Larvae eat bits of floating organic matter and each other. Larvae molt four times as they grow. After the fourth molt, they are called pupae.

Pupae:Pupae (also called tumblers) also live near the surface of the water, breathing through two horn-like tubes (called siphons) on their back. Pupae do not eat.

Adult:An adult emerges from a pupae when the skin splits after a few days. The adult lives for only a few weeks.