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Mosquito ♂

Habitat:

Suburban yard attracted to a porch light at night




No species ID suggestions

3 Comments

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

You’re welcome! I hope bugguide can help further. Additionally about the resting positions, with mosquitoes, Culicinae mosquitoes (Aedes, Culex, etc.) rest horizontal to a surface, while Anopheline mosquitoes (Anopheles) generally rest perpendicular to a surface (with their butts in the air).

Machi
Machi 11 months ago

Thanks Christine! I submitted to bugguide and hopefully I can get it placed to at least a genus. I never knew that about their resting position. Interesting stuff.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

As to what genus this mosquito belongs to, I can't be sure without a closer look. It is definitely in the subfamily Culicinae, and is likely either Aedes or Culex species. I can determine that it's a Culicinae mosquito based on its resting posture and the shape/length of its mouthparts.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 11 months ago

This is a male mosquito. You can tell because it has fringed wings, leg and abdomen scales, and a proboscis. Also, Chironomids usually rest with their bodies touching a surface, while mosquitoes hold themselves above a surface with only their feet touching it. Usually, mosquitoes have wings that are longer than their abdomen, while midges have wings that are shorter, but this is not always true, especially with males.

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.89, Long: -82.57

Spotted on Sep 20, 2017
Submitted on Jan 11, 2018

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