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mosquito larvae

Aedes

Description:

What is this? On the roof of my garden shed, which gets full sun, I planted some rice as a project for my grandchildren. In about 3 cm of water above the soil in which the rice grows there were a number of these water insects? Are they mosquito larvae? The first photo shows one of them in a plastic tablespoon to give an idea of size. Next photo is a close up and the third shows the rice in a small trough. I flush new water in every day.

Habitat:

Ornamental party field.

Notes:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aedes

1 Species ID Suggestions

whiterhino
whiterhino 2 years ago
mosquito larvae
Aedes Aedes - Wikipedia


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4 Comments

whiterhino
whiterhino 3 years ago

Thanks Christine. As this is my first Noah spotting I shall wait a while, perhaps someone can provide the actual species name. I assume it is up to me to update the spotting, or does that get done by an expert? I am a birder not an insect expert.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Since you flush the water daily, I would think that these are probably Aedes sp. because they lay their eggs above the water line and can survive long periods of time without desiccating. They hatch once the water level finally rises above the eggs.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 3 years ago

Yes, they are mosquito larvae.

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whiterhino
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whiterhino

Bayern, Germany

Spotted on Jun 3, 2018
Submitted on Jun 3, 2018

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