Photo Courtesy of Jason Williams

Photo Courtesy of Jason Williams

Medium size mosquito

Proboscis: long, dark-scaled

Palpi: short, dark

Head: Occiput clothed dorsally with broad curved whitish-yellow to golden-yellow scales, paler anteriorly, with broad appressed yellowish scales laterally; yellow erect forked scales numerous on posterior half of occiput. Tori light brown on outer surface, inner surface dark brown.

Thorax: Integument of scutum black; scutum clothed with rather broad dark-brown and golden-yellow or yellowish-white scales in no pattern, the dark scales more abundant. Scutellum with rather broad yellowish-white scales and dark-brown setae on the lobes. Pleura densely clothed with grayish-white appressed scales.

Abdomen: 1st tergite with median patch of dark purplish scales; remaining tergites dark-scaled with purplish reflection on dorsum, with prominent apicolateral triangular patches of whitish-yellow to golden-yellow scales. Sternites yellow scaled on segments 2 to 6 , mainly dark on segment seven.

Legs: Femora dark, pale on posterior surface; knee spots present. Tibiae and tarsi of front and middle legs dark-scaled; segments 4 and 5 of hind tarsus, and often the apex of 3, white-scaled. Scales suberect, appearing rather shaggy with purple reflection on apical part of hind tibia and on segments 1 and 2 of hind tarsus.

Wings: length 3.7 to 4.0 mm. scales dark, narrow.

Bionomics: Larvae found in temporary rain-filled pools, particularly in or near thickets, in overflow pools of streams, and occasionally in potholes in stream beds after Summer rains. Larvae occur March to November. They develop rapidly. The females are persistent and painful biters, even attacking in the open on cloudy days. Flight range is 1 to 2 miles.