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  • Snow Mosquito - (Aedes communis)

    Snow Mosquito - (Aedes communis)

    The cold weather doesn't stop the Snow Mosquito from living, feeding and breeding year-round.

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    Staff Writer (8/28/2014): 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.

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    Snow Mosquito

    Category: Fly or Mosquito
    Common name: Snow Mosquito
    Scientific Name: Aedes communis
    Other Names: Cold Weather Mosquito

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Diptera
          Family: Culicidae
           Genus: Aedes
            Species: communis

    Size (Adult, Length): 5mm to 6mm (0.20in to 0.24in)

    Identifying Colors: brown, black

    Additional Descriptors: 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 an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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