Culex territans    

habitat
Larvae: found in highly vegetated ponds and slow creeks, also containers. Adults associate.

seasonality
Present from early spring to fall, peaking in early to mid summer.

identification
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).

life history
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.

conservation
Common in Alberta.

diet info
Females feed on reptile and amphibian blood. Larvae are detritivores.

range
Likely found throughout Alberta, less commonly on the prairies. Found across North America.

people
species page authorBromilow, S.2007 

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=6135

 

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