Species Details

Culiseta inornata

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SeasonalityEarly spring to late fall. One of the last mosquitoes present in fall. IdentificationAdult: ventral margin of anepisternum, anterodorsal angle of katepisternum, postspiracular area, and underside of paratergite all with patches of scales; tarsomeres dark-scaled; costa, sub-costa and radius with numerous scattered yellow scales; tarsomeres with pale yellow scales; wing scales not aggregated into spots. Palpus of male with terminal segment inflated, largely lacking setae. Larva: antennae half as long as head capsule; siphon three times longer than greatest width; dorsolateral abdominal setae 1-VI and 1-VII usually triple; saddle setae 1-X as long or longer than saddle, usually single.

Scientific Name Culiseta inornata Seasonality Early spring to late fall. One of the last mosquitoes present in fall. Identification
Adult: ventral margin of anepisternum, anterodorsal angle of katepisternum, postspiracular area, and underside of paratergite all with patches of scales; tarsomeres dark-scaled; costa, sub-costa and radius with numerous…
Adult: ventral margin of anepisternum, anterodorsal angle of katepisternum, postspiracular area, and underside of paratergite all with patches of scales; tarsomeres dark-scaled; costa, sub-costa and radius with numerous scattered yellow scales; tarsomeres with pale yellow scales; wing scales not aggregated into spots. Palpus of male with terminal segment inflated, largely lacking setae. Larva: antennae half as long as head capsule; siphon three times longer than greatest width; dorsolateral abdominal setae 1-VI and 1-VII usually triple; saddle setae 1-X as long or longer than saddle, usually single.
Life History
Females overwinter as mated nullipars in sheltered dark areas and emerge early in spring to feed. Eggs are laid on the surface of a variety of water bodies, however artificial water bodies are avoided. There are…
Females overwinter as mated nullipars in sheltered dark areas and emerge early in spring to feed. Eggs are laid on the surface of a variety of water bodies, however artificial water bodies are avoided. There are multiple generations a year, and larvae can be extremely prevalent. Males do not form swarms; mating occurs on vegetation a few centimeters above the surface of the water (breeding site).
Conservation Extremely common in Alberta and North America. Diet Info Females are blood feeders, but tend to be rather slow. Range Likely found throughout Alberta. Extremely prevalent in prairie regions. Found throughout much of western North America and in central and southeastern North America.

Citation

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"Culiseta inornata, Freshwater Invertebrate Collection." University of Alberta Museums Search Site, https://search.museums.ualberta.ca/g/5-6139. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

Taxonomic Hierarchy

Kingdom Animalia Phylum Arthropoda Class Hexapoda Subclass Insecta Order Diptera Family Culicidae Genus Culiseta Species Culiseta inornata
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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Authorship

Name Bromilow, S.
Role species page author
Date 2007

Specimen Information

There are 2 specimens of this Species.

2 results plotted on map in 2 markers.
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IN1093 - Culiseta inornata

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Big Lake Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1979-08-11

IN1767 - Culiseta inornata

Freshwater Invertebrate Collection

Place CollectedCanada: Alberta, Edmonton Collected ByFurnell, Allan Date Collected1981-07-09