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scientific name    Culiseta incidens    

Larvae are founded in a variety of habitats, including polluted water bodies. Adults are widespread.


Adult: somewhat similar to C. alaskaensis. Ventral margin of anepisternum, anterodorsal angle of katepisternum, postspiracular area, and underside of paratergite all with patches of scales; second and third tarsomeres with narrow white bands, occupying one tenth or less of each segment; hypostigmal area bare; scales aggregated into prominent wing-spots on Rs, pale scales, if present, confined to the costa, crossveins without scales. 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 is 3 to 5 branched; antennae appear smooth (very fine spicules visible under a microscope).

life history
Much of the life history hasn't been determined, but many aspects are probably similar to other species of Culiseta. Unlike impatiens and alaskaensis however, incidens is multivoltine, at least in British Columbia. Eggs are deposited at night on a wide variety of water bodies. Males form mating swarms approximately 2.5 m off the ground.

Not overly common in Alberta, extremely common in other parts of range.

diet info
Females are blood feeders.

In Alberta, found in the Rocky Mountains and into the prairie and aspen parkland. Found commonly west of the Rockies, extending into the Prairie Provinces.

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