Banded Mosquito - Culiseta annulata

Description

This species is one of the largest mosquitoes, the wings are spotted and the legs and abdomen are boldly banded. Members of this family have a long forward pointing proboscis and the males have feathery antennae.

Habitat

The adults rest in buildings, caves and hollow trees. It hibernates as an adult in buildings.

When to see it

Spring until late autumn when it hibernates.

Life History

Larvae live in a variety of aquatic situations including fresh and brackish, open and shaded, but there seems to be a preference for water with a high nitrogen content. As an adult it freely attacks humans as well as cattle to take blood, often causing blisters, but only the female mosquitoes suck blood, the males feed on nectar.

UK Status

Widespread in Britain, but seems to be most common in south eastern England.

VC55 Status

Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

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