Animals·Posted on Aug 11, 2019How Much Do You Really Know About Insect Life Spans?Some of these insects are old enough to drink.by Pablo ValdiviaBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink What is the typical life span of a male mosquito? Getty Images 3-5 hours Correct Incorrect 3-5 hours 1 day Correct Incorrect 1 day 4-6 days Correct Incorrect 4-6 days 1 week Correct Incorrect 1 week Correct! Wrong! 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. Can you guess the typical life span of a house fly? Getty Images 21-23 hours Correct Incorrect 21-23 hours 3-4 days Correct Incorrect 3-4 days 15-25 days Correct Incorrect 15-25 days 6 months Correct Incorrect 6 months Correct! Wrong! 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. What about the life span of an American cockroach? Getty Images 12-14 days Correct Incorrect 12-14 days 6-9 months Correct Incorrect 6-9 months 1 year Correct Incorrect 1 year 4 years Correct Incorrect 4 years Correct! Wrong! 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. How long can a mayfly usually live? Getty Images Less than 24 hours Correct Incorrect Less than 24 hours 2-5 days Correct Incorrect 2-5 days 1 week Correct Incorrect 1 week 3 weeks Correct Incorrect 3 weeks Correct! Wrong! 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. How long do you think a bed bug can live? Getty Images 2-3 days Correct Incorrect 2-3 days 2-6 months Correct Incorrect 2-6 months 2 years Correct Incorrect 2 years 13 years Correct Incorrect 13 years Correct! Wrong! 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. What about a queen ant? How long can she live? Getty Images 4 weeks Correct Incorrect 4 weeks 3-7 years Correct Incorrect 3-7 years 20-30 years Correct Incorrect 20-30 years 45-50 years Correct Incorrect 45-50 years Correct! Wrong! 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. How long can a honeybee live in the wild? Getty Images 30-40 hours Correct Incorrect 30-40 hours A little less than 2 weeks Correct Incorrect A little less than 2 weeks Up to 5 years Correct Incorrect Up to 5 years 4-6 months Correct Incorrect 4-6 months Correct! Wrong! They can live up to five years according to National Geographic. What is the typical life span of a cicada? Getty Images 48 hours Correct Incorrect 48 hours 5-7 years Correct Incorrect 5-7 years 17 years Correct Incorrect 17 years 24 years Correct Incorrect 24 years Correct! Wrong! 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. What about Monarch butterflies? What's their typical life span? Getty Images 2-6 weeks Correct Incorrect 2-6 weeks 3-5 months Correct Incorrect 3-5 months 2 years Correct Incorrect 2 years 5-10 years Correct Incorrect 5-10 years Correct! Wrong! 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. How long can a flea live on average? Getty Images 3-10 days Correct Incorrect 3-10 days 30-90 days Correct Incorrect 30-90 days 2-4 years Correct Incorrect 2-4 years 9-15 years Correct Incorrect 9-15 years Correct! Wrong! 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. How long can her majesty — the termite queen — live for? Getty Images 6 hours Correct Incorrect 6 hours 10 years Correct Incorrect 10 years About 20 years Correct Incorrect About 20 years About 45 years Correct Incorrect About 45 years Correct! Wrong! 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. Finally, how long can a beloved ladybug live? Getty Images 2-3 years Correct Incorrect 2-3 years 5-6 years Correct Incorrect 5-6 years 6-7 years Correct Incorrect 6-7 years 8-9 years Correct Incorrect 8-9 years Correct! Wrong! 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.