|scientific name Culiseta alaskaensis |
Larval habitats variable, usually semipermanent ponds with Carex. Adults are widespread.
May – July.
Adult: ventral margin of anepisternum, anterodorsal angle of katepisternum, postspiracular area, and underside of paratergite all with patches of scales; second and third tarsomeres with white bands occupying one quarter or more of each segment; hypostigmal area scaled; wing scales aggregated into spots at base of Rs and at R2+3 and R4+5, costa subcosta and radius with scattered white scales, crossveins scaled. Larva: antennae half as long as head capsule; siphon three times longer than greatest width; dorsolateral abdominal setae 1-VI and 1-VII usually double, saddle setae fine and minute, prothoracic setae 1-P single; antennae with coarse spicules.
See Wood, Dang & Ellis 1979 pdf
Females overwinter in hollow sheltered areas as mated nullipars. They emerge very early in spring to take a blood-meal. Eggs are laid in rafts on semipermanent water bodies. Larvae tend to be found at the edges of ponds. Despite being a fairly common species, larvae are collected infrequently. Males have been recorded forming mating swarms. There is only one generation per year.
Common in Alberta.
Females are blood feeders.
Predominately a boreal species. Found throughout much of Alberta, found only in low-lying river valleys in the south. It is found throughout BC, and across northern and north-central Canada. It is absent from most of eastern North America.
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