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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.
The adults rest in buildings, caves and hollow trees. It hibernates as an adult in buildings.
Spring until late autumn when it hibernates.
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.
Widespread in Britain, but seems to be most common in south eastern England.
Status in Leicestershire and Rutland not known.
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