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Mosquito, Culiseta annulata

Observed: 24th February 2013 By: moremothmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebratesmoremoth’s reputation in Invertebrates
Mosquito, Culiseta annulata
Description:

A midge or gnat overwintering in Combe Bank caves. Now identified as a mosquito - thanks!

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Mydaea's picture

It looks like Culiseta

It looks like Culiseta annulata.

Martin Harvey's picture

Culiseta

I agree that this is most likely to be Culiseta annulata, which is a mosquito. There is an outside chance that it could be the very similar Culiseta subochrea, which I've never seen, but to form an opinion on that we'd need to have a clear view of the abdomen.

Assuming it is annulata, the species can breed in a wide range of natural and artificial water bodies. This is a female (relatively short hairs on antennae) and therefore capable of biting!

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Biting

I will warn the regular bat surveyors!

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