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Compendium Spot ID Tutorials Labs Glossary NC Pests

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Spot ID Characters for the Family

Culicidae

Mosquitoes


Key Characters:

  • Hump-backed thorax
  • Piercing-sucking proboscis
  • Scales on wing veins
  • Males with long maxillary palps and highly plumose antennae
  • Females with short maxillary palps and less plumose antennae

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Mosquitoes are a distinct family of the Diptera order, with a long proboscis and scales that are present on the wing veins.  Females have short maxillary palps with short hairs on the antennae.  Another defining characteristic of adult mosquitoes is the humped back thorax.  The females are the blood suckers and coincidentally, are efficient disease vectors worldwide.  The larvae and pupae of mosquitoes are aquatic filter feeders and will feed on algae or organic debri.