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Mosquito larva


Larva of an unidentified mosquito.


Mosquito eggs, larvae, and pupae are found in standing water. This one was collected from a vernal pool.


This replaces an earlier spotting with an incorrect scale bar.

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drP 6 years ago

These were pulled from a vernal pool maybe four or five meters in diameter at the time. Once finals are over, I'll have to see what else I can find there (and try harder to keep the critters intact).

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Bummer! It's hard to speciate pupae, except with molecular techniques. Although, if it was in the same container, then chances are they are the same. Some mosquitoes are more commonly container breeders while others are floodwater species, etc. One of the first things I look at with larvae is the siphon. I love these larva/pupa pictures - they are so clear and close-up! Great find!

drP 6 years ago

Thanks very much. I'm afraid this is all I have. I accidentally damaged the larva as I transferred it for photography. Also, I never saw any eggs. I have this photo of a pupa, which may or may not be the same species: http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/249...

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 6 years ago

Great shot! Do you have any shots of an entire larva, or of eggs? That would help determine genus and species.

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Virginia, USA

Lat: 37.40, Long: -77.70

Spotted on May 30, 2013
Submitted on May 30, 2013

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