|scientific name Culex territans |
Larvae: found in highly vegetated ponds and slow creeks, also containers. Adults associate.
Present from early spring to fall, peaking in early to mid summer.
Abdominal tergites with apical bands of pale silvery scales, otherwise, relatively unmarked. In Alberta, it is easily distinguished from other Culex. Larva: antenna constricted beyond insertion of antennal seta 1-A; head setae 5-C and 6-C with 1 or 2 branches (5-C is very rarely 3-branched).
Females hibernate, emerging in spring to take a blood-meal, preferably from a frog. Eggs are laid in a raft, commonly on permanent ponds covered in duckweed (Lemna spp.). Adult males have been observed forming mating swarms 2-5m off the ground. There are several generations per year in Alberta.
Common in Alberta.
Females feed on reptile and amphibian blood. Larvae are detritivores.
Likely found throughout Alberta, less commonly on the prairies. Found across North America.
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