Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua

Mosquito larvae (wriggler)

Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae

Size range

  • About 8 mm long


  • New Zealand and cosmopolitan species

Life History

  • Larvae develop in standing water
  • Only females bite. Actually pierce skin and suck blood
  • An annoying high–pitched sound is made by the wings of the female in flight
  • Some species overseas can transmit diseases

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