DAVID M. SCHLESER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DAVID M. SCHLESER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Mosquito. Macrophotograph of a female mosquito (Culex sp.) laying eggs on the surface of water. The tight aggregation of eggs, which may number up to 300, is known as a raft. The eggs hatch into aquatic larvae 24-36 hours later. The larvae pupate 5-10 days later, emerging as adults after around two days. This mosquito is a pest, as it bites humans, occasionally transmitting diseases such as St Louis encephalitis in the USA. Photographed in Dallas County, Texas, USA. Magnification unknown.
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