Top 8 Animals With The Shortest Lifespans On Earth

Some animals live for hundreds of years, while others barely last a day.  Here are some of the creatures with the shortest lifespans on Earth.

Mayflies are aquatic insects that spend most of their lives as nymphs in the water. They emerge as adults only to mate and die. Some species live for less than an hour, while others may last up to a day.


Lifespan: 24 hours or less

Drone ants are the male ants that are produced by the queen. Their only purpose is to mate with a new queen and then die. They do not have mouths or digestive systems, so they cannot eat or drink. They usually die within 3 days after mating.

Drone ant

Lifespan: 3 days

Male mosquitoes are the ones that do not bite humans or animals. They feed on nectar and other plant juices. They live for about a week, during which they mate with as many females as possible. They die soon after mating.

Male mosquito

Lifespan: 1 week

Houseflies are the usual flies that live near humans. They eat different kinds of organic substances, such as leftovers, dung, and dead bodies. They can spread many infections and pests. They live for around 15 to 25 days, based on the heat and moisture.


Lifespan: 15- 25 days

Female mosquitoes are the ones that suck blood from humans and animals. They require blood to make eggs, which they deposit in still water. They can also pass on diseases, such as malaria, dengue, and Zika. They live for about 35 to 45 days, but they can survive in cold weather by hibernating.

Female mosquito

Lifespan: 35 - 45 days

Fruit flies are tiny flies that like fresh and decaying fruits and veggies. They are common in scientific studies, as they have a fast life cycle and have many genes in common with humans. They live for around 40 to 50 days, but they can multiply rapidly.

Fruit fly

Lifespan: 40 to 50 days

Dragonflies are insects with long bodies, big eyes, and four wings. They hunt and eat other insects, like mosquitoes, flies, and bees. They are also famous for their quickness and skill in flying. They live for about 7 to 56 days, based on the kind and the surroundings.

Dragon fly

Lifespan: 7 – 56 days

Worker bees are the female bees that handle all the tasks in the hive. They gather nectar and pollen, produce honey, tidy the hive, and protect it from enemies. They also look after the queen and the young. They live for about 30 to 60 days, until their wings get worn out and they die.

Worker Bee

Lifespan: 30 to 60 days

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