Other Common Names
East Asian bush or rock pool mosquito
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ochlerotatus (Finlaya) japonicus (Theobald)
Aedes (Finlaya) japonicus (Theobald) - still widely in use...
Explanation of Names
japonicus - sp. originally described from Japan
The head is dark colored and the abdomen is creamy colored.
The pattern on the scutum is distinctive. There are 5 golden striped scales and the lateral scales are pale and white in a lyre shape. There are also broad pale basal bands on the hind tarsomeres. The proboscis is dark and unbanded, sometimes with silvery scales.
The eggs are usually laid in the rim of an artificial container. Any aritifical container will do for the larvae as long as it has enough food (decaying organic matter)
Larvae: March - November
Adults: mostly May-Oct (BG data)
Females prefer blood from mammals
Overwinters as an egg or larva. Multivoltine
This species was accidentally introduced from Japan in the late 90s. It was first identified in 1998 in New Jersey. It is now known that it is an important vector of West Nile Virus. The females are very aggressive biters