Aedes rusticus

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Aedes rusticus
Aedes rusticus, Sontley, North Wales, May 2015 - Flickr - janetgraham84.jpg
Aedes rusticus North Wales
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Subfamily: Culicinae
Genus: Aedes
Subgenus: Ochlerotatus
Species: A. rusticus
Binomial name
Aedes (Ochlerotatus) rusticus
(Rossi, 1790)

Aedes diversus Theobald 1901 Ochlerotatus rusticus (Rossi, 1790)

Aedes rusticus, it is a relatively common European mosquito, that is often responsible for human bites from May to August. Like all mosquitoes, it is only the females that bite.


Aedes rusticus has a patchy distribution, from Britain (mainly southern), Belgium, Denmark, Poland, Russia, The Balkans and as far as Asia Minor.

Life cycle[edit]

Following a mammal blood meal to provide sufficient protein to produce eggs, females will lay their egg rafts in spring or summer in dried-up pools, they will hatch when the pools flood later in the year. They will overwinter in the 4th larval stage, pupation and adult emergence take place the following spring.[1]


  1. ^ P.S. Cranston; C.D. Ramsdale; K.R. Snow; G.B. White (1987). Adults, Larvae, and Pupae of British Mosquitoes (Culicidae) A Key. Freshwater Biological Association. pp. 152 pp. ISBN 0-900386-46-0.