Life history of a mosquito.

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Life cycle of Aedes Aegypti. Microphotography of eggs. Larva, pupa and then adult mosquito emerging. Female and male breeding. 3 segments.


United States, 1928.

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1 encoded moving image (14.26 min.) : silent, black and white



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British Medical Association.

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Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 2.0 UK: England & Wales


Segment 1 The mosquito eggs are shown floating on the surface of still water. The larvae hatches and is shown in close-up. The larva swim to the surface of the water to breathe. The larvae changes into a pupa. Time start: 00:00:00:00 Time end: 00:04:52:16 Length: 00:04:52:16
Segment 2 The pupae, unable to feed, rest at the surface of the water to breathe. The pupae grow darker as they age. The mosquito emerges from the shell of the pupa, and is forced out by peristaltic contractions. Time start: 00:04:52:16 Time end: 00:10:16:14 Length: 00:05:23:02
Segment 3 A fertilised female mosquito feeds on blood before laying eggs. The male mosquito does not suck blood but feeds on fruit juices. Time start: 00:10:16:14 Time end: 00:14:26:16 Length: 00:04:10:02

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Made by Kodak Research Laboratories, in co-operation with the Dept. of Bacteriology of the Medical School, University of Rochester.


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