Snow Mosquito (Aedes communis)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Snow Mosquito.
Updated: 8/28/2014; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
The cold weather doesn't stop the Snow Mosquito from living, feeding and breeding year-round.
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.