The Snow Mosquito is a special species of mosquito commonly limited to northern portions of the United States. The Snow Mosquito differs from regular summertime mosquitoes in ways that include staying active during the winter months while their counterparts remain dormant or die.
Snow Mosquitoes are generally have scaly-type bodies. These scales usually appear a brown or black and are coupled with another set of scales that are lighter in color; perhaps white, gray or yellow. These mosquitoes prefer to operate in forested areas and, like their counterparts, utilize open pools of water (in this case, melting snow) to lay their eggs.
Males typically forage for plants and suck out their juices while the female is the one that feeds off of the blood of mammals and birds. Larvae will hatch in the springtime, consume algae as their temporary diet and and develop into adulthood in nearby water supplies.
Common name: Snow Mosquito
Scientific Name: Aedes communis
Other Names: Cold Weather Mosquito
Adult Size (Length): 5mm to 6mm (0.20in to 0.24in) COMPARE
Identifying Colors: brown, black
General Description: flying
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alaska; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Montana; Nebraska; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Dakota; Vermont;Washington; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico
* Keep in mind that insect reach is not governed by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.