Live Mosquito Larvae will within a week go from eggs that hatch in water to becoming mosquito larvae called “wigglers.” A mosquito larva looks like a small hairy worm, less than a 5mm long. It has a hard round head, a soft body, and abdomen with 10 segments and a siphon tube at the tip of its abdomen.
Mosquito larvae live in water for four to 14 days or longer, depending on the water temperature, hanging upside-down near the water’s surface. Mosquito larvae come to the surface to breathe through a siphon tube that pokes through the water like a snorkel.
Live mosquito larva eats constantly since it needs a lot of energy to grow. Mosquito larvae eat algae, plankton, fungi and other microorganisms in the water. Tiny fan-like brushes filter small food particles toward their mouth. One mosquito species’ larvae will even eat the larvae of other mosquitoes.
All mosquitoes undergo metamorphosis, passing through four distinct stages during their lives: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
Mosquito larvae moult four times during this stage, growing larger after each moult. They’re almost 5mm long at the final moult.
Species: Culex australicus
Suitable for: Bettas, Discus, Live-bearers and killifish, Labyrinth fish, Gobies, Dwarf corydoras or any freshwater carnivorous fish.