Spotted: Winter Mosquito

Culiseta inornata female courtesy of Treasure Tolliver and Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena.

Culiseta inornata female courtesy of Treasure Tolliver and Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena.

Culiseta inornata female caught by Phinizy Center.

Culiseta inornata female caught by Phinizy Center.

Spotted: “Winter Mosquito”

By: Kelsey Laymon

Culiseta inornata is a species of mosquito uncommonly found in the Georgia area. However, this past week Phinizy Center Researchers were lucky enough to find two of these mosquitoes! They are easily identified by their black and white speckled scales on the edges of their wings and a hairlike “setae” found on the base of the wings. Fortunately for humans, these mosquitoes prefer to feed on deer, cows and horses. This particular species prefers to breed in pools, ditches and sometimes artificial water containers. They were found during early March, and typically are active during the winter; giving them the nickname “Winter Mosquito.”