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Elephant Mosquito

Family Culicidae, Toxorhynchites sp.

Description:

Usually I think of mosquitoes as pesky pests aiming only to suck my blood while I am out photographing, but this Elephant mosquito subsist on carbohydrate-rich materials, such as honeydew, or saps and juices from damaged plants, refuse, fruit, and nectar*. This one is amazingly beautiful: metallic blue thorax, purple legs and rostrum, purple and cream abdomen, and iridescent wings. When standing, it keeps the rear legs lifted. *Wikipedia

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3 Comments

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago

Thank you very much for the ID, Livan.

C.Sydes
C.Sydes 8 years ago

what a beautiful spotting

LivanEscudero
LivanEscudero 8 years ago

Perhaps this guy, or closely related species.
http://bugguide.net/node/view/8120
Never seen a mosquito this colorful. Very nice.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, Paran√°, Brazil

Spotted on Jan 6, 2013
Submitted on Jan 6, 2013

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