|scientific name Culiseta inornata |
Larvae are found in a variety of natural water bodies. Adults are widespread.
Early spring to late fall. One of the last mosquitoes present in fall.
Adult: ventral margin of anepisternum, anterodorsal angle of katepisternum, postspiracular area, and underside of paratergite all with patches of scales; tarsomeres dark-scaled; costa, sub-costa and radius with numerous scattered yellow scales; tarsomeres with pale yellow scales; wing scales not aggregated into spots. Palpus of male with terminal segment inflated, largely lacking setae. Larva: antennae half as long as head capsule; siphon three times longer than greatest width; dorsolateral abdominal setae 1-VI and 1-VII usually triple; saddle setae 1-X as long or longer than saddle, usually single.
Females overwinter as mated nullipars in sheltered dark areas and emerge early in spring to feed. Eggs are laid on the surface of a variety of water bodies, however artificial water bodies are avoided. There are multiple generations a year, and larvae can be extremely prevalent. Males do not form swarms; mating occurs on vegetation a few centimeters above the surface of the water (breeding site).
Extremely common in Alberta and North America.
Females are blood feeders, but tend to be rather slow.
Likely found throughout Alberta. Extremely prevalent in prairie regions. Found throughout much of western North America and in central and southeastern North America.
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