Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District

Protecting Public Health in the Antelope Valley since 1958

Male vs. Female Mosquitoes


  • Only female mosquitoes bite, because they need the blood to produce eggs
  • Both male and female mosquitoes will drink nectar and fruit juices for nutrition
  • Male mosquitoes have bushy antennae
  • Males have longer palps
  • Females are slightly bigger
  • Females live longer

Life Cycle


  • Complete Metamorphosis - egg, larvae, pupae, adult (see picture)
  • All mosquitoes need water to complete their life cycle
  • The adult emerges out of the water in about 5-7 days
  • During the blood meal they may transmit viruses or other pathogens that can lead to potentially severe illness
  • Mosquito larvae occur in almost any stagnant water, like catch basins, street gutters, unkempt pools, artificial containers, cemetery vases and even in foul water such as septic tanks and dairy ponds
  • In the Antelope Valley most mosquito breeding sites in are man-made, created by people when they over-water their lawns or neglect their swimming pools

Mosquito Biology