Sunday, July 14, 2013

Unwelcome visitor

I found this big mosquito resting on my plastic cutting board, drying behind the kitchen sink.

Male Culex pipiens, the Northern House mosquito.

Close-up of the head, antennae, and palps. The female doesn't carry all this gear.

The males don't bite. The females do. And BugGuide warns,
This is the most important vector of West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encaphalitis in the Northern United States and Southern Canada.
Yikes! I'm wearing Off to bed from now on until summer's over.


  1. I've never seen a mosquito so close!

  2. do you know you've got prevalent West Nile in Delta? When West Nile first showed up, we had a decline in Raven numbers around Bishops Mills, but they've come back up, and we've stopped really worrying about West Nile.

  3. We had a few cases 3 years ago in BC. Not recently, but it's always a good idea to know what mosquitoes to watch for if it does reappear.


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