Aedes vexans

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Aedes vexans
Aedes vexans.tif
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Diptera
Family: Culicidae
Subfamily: Culicinae
Genus: Aedes
Species: A. vexans
Binomial name
Aedes vexans
(Meigen), 1830

The Inland Floodwater Mosquito, (Aedes vexans), is a cosmopolitan and common pest mosquito.

Description[edit]

Adult blood sucking female has bandless proboscis, short brown scales on scutum, and 'B' shaped markings on each abdominal tergite in sideways. Female suck blood only from mammals. Males are mostly feed on nectar, honeydew and sap, and rarely by females. They can be found in grassy pools, partially shaded woodland pools, roadside ditches, and man-made fields.[1]

Lifecycle[edit]

After blood meal, female lay eggs offshore and egg hatches when a heavy rain comes and the water rises. Antennae of larva are shorter than head. Larva can be found in April to September and adults from May and October.[1]

Medical importance[edit]

It is a known vector of Dirofilaria immitis (dog heartworm); Myxomatosis (deadly rabbit virus disease); and Tahyna virus, a seldom-diagnosed Bunyaviridae, a disease which affects humans in Europe with fever which disappears after two days, but afterward can cause Encephalitis or Meningitis. Aedes vexans is the most common mosquito in Europe, often composing more than 80% the European mosquito community. Its abundance depends upon availability of floodwater pools. In summer, mosquito traps can collect up to 8,000 mosquitoes per trap per night.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Species Aedes vexans - Inland Floodwater Mosquito". BugGuide. 
  2. ^ "Mosquito of the Month: Aedes vexans - the Inland Floodwater Mosquito". Vector Disease Control International. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 

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