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How Much Do You Really Know About Insect Life Spans?

Some of these insects are old enough to drink.

  1. What is the typical life span of a male mosquito?

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    According to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, male mosquitos can only live for about a week, while female mosquitos can live from two weeks to one month.

  2. Can you guess the typical life span of a house fly?

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    According to the University of Florida, an adult house fly usually lives 15-25 days, but may live up to two months. Without food, they only survive two to three days.

  3. What about the life span of an American cockroach?

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    According to the University of Florida, American cockroaches can live up to one year, and, as a fun fact for you, adult females produce an average of 150 young in their lifetimes.

  4. How long can a mayfly usually live?

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    According to Michagin State University, mayflies are known for their short life spans, which can range from a few hours to a day. They can even live for as little as five minutes. The mayflies cannot eat or drink and their primary goal once they reach adulthood is to mate and lay eggs during their short lives.

  5. How long do you think a bed bug can live?

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    According to University of Kentucky, bed bugs that haven't fed and are in a temperature-controlled climate will usually live between two to six months. At cooler temperatures, they may even survive up to one year without feeding.

  6. What about a queen ant? How long can she live?

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    According to Stanford University, queen ants have extreme longevity and can live up to 20-30 years. One in particular had been found to be producing new ants decades after mating.

  7. How long can a honeybee live in the wild?

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    They can live up to five years according to National Geographic.

  8. What is the typical life span of a cicada?

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    According to National Geographic, some species of cicadas can live as long as 17 years. They also emerge in late May and early June after 14 to 17 years underground.

  9. What about Monarch butterflies? What's their typical life span?

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    According to the US Forest Service, Monarch butterflies typically live between two and six weeks, except for the last generation of the year, which can live up to 8 to 9 months.

  10. How long can a flea live on average?

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    According to the Library of Congress, fleas, on average, live between 30-90 days. If in ideal conditions, a flea can live up to a year and a half.

  11. How long can her majesty — the termite queen — live for?

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    According to Scientific American, termite queens can live up to 20 years and will produce one egg every three seconds, averaging about 30,000 eggs per day.

  12. Finally, how long can a beloved ladybug live?

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    According to National Geographic, ladybugs in the wild can live up to two to three years. Their spots and colorful backs are meant to ward off potential predators.

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