Mosquito Life Stages - Markhortonphotography
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Mosquito - pupa

More fishing about in our new pond. This is a Culex sp. mosquito pupa, sometimes nicknamed a 'tumbler'. Good name as despite being in their final resting stage before adulthood, they still zip about at speed, spinning in tight spirals. It will spend 1-4 days like this, depending on conditions, before hatching and resting on the water's surface to harden, and for the wings to straighten and dry.

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