Species Details

Culex territans

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SeasonalityPresent from early spring to fall, peaking in early to mid summer. IdentificationAbdominal tergites with apical bands of pale silvery scales, otherwise, relatively unmarked. In Alberta, it is easily distinguished from other Culex. Larva: antenna constricted beyond insertion of antennal seta 1-A; head setae 5-C and 6-C with 1 or 2 branches (5-C is very rarely 3-branched).

Scientific Name Culex territans Seasonality Present from early spring to fall, peaking in early to mid summer. Identification
Abdominal tergites with apical bands of pale silvery scales, otherwise, relatively unmarked. In Alberta, it is easily distinguished from other Culex. Larva: antenna constricted beyond insertion of antennal seta 1-A;…
Abdominal tergites with apical bands of pale silvery scales, otherwise, relatively unmarked. In Alberta, it is easily distinguished from other Culex. Larva: antenna constricted beyond insertion of antennal seta 1-A; head setae 5-C and 6-C with 1 or 2 branches (5-C is very rarely 3-branched).
Life History
Females hibernate, emerging in spring to take a blood-meal, preferably from a frog. Eggs are laid in a raft, commonly on permanent ponds covered in duckweed (Lemna spp.). Adult males have been observed forming…
Females hibernate, emerging in spring to take a blood-meal, preferably from a frog. Eggs are laid in a raft, commonly on permanent ponds covered in duckweed (Lemna spp.). Adult males have been observed forming mating swarms 2-5m off the ground. There are several generations per year in Alberta.
Conservation Common in Alberta. Diet Info Females feed on reptile and amphibian blood. Larvae are detritivores. Range Likely found throughout Alberta, less commonly on the prairies. Found across North America.

Citation

Page Citation for Culex territans

Page Citation

"Species Details - Culex territans, Freshwater Invertebrate Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/5-6135. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Diptera Family Culicidae Genus Culex Species Culex territans
This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Taxonomic Hierarchy for Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

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This hierarchy is created from our museum records, it may not always accurately reflect modern taxonomies.

Authorship

Name Bromilow, S.
Role species page author
Date 2007

Specimen Information

There is 1 specimen of this Species.

1 result plotted on map in 1 marker.
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IN1090 - Culex territans

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Big Lake Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1979-08-01