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Culicidae? - Ochlerotatus triseriatus

Culicidae? - Ochlerotatus triseriatus
48.163993N 53.964851W (WGS84), Clarenville, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland/Labrador, Canada
July 2, 2007
Size: 8mm Body Length
I'm pretty sure this is a mosquito but I wonder if the ID can go any further than that?  This may be the same type as I photographed last year:

I think I'm soon going to have to quit letting 'bugs' bite me for the sake of the photo. ;)

What is the red spot and why is it only on one side?

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i would say
this is a really beat up Oc. triseriatus. whatever she is, she is really beat up

I hope not because...
isn't Oc. triseriatus the species that carries West Nile Virus?

she is
a potential vector but very very unlikely to transmit the disease. When I was doing WNV/EEE surveillance last year we didn't really worry about a positive Oc. triseriatus. For the mosquito to be a vector it means that she has to bite an infected bird and then bite a human. Oc. triseriatus aren't really bird biters, but there have been virus isolations from them nonetheless.

Also, you live on that godforsaken cold rock, so it is unlikely you would get temperatures high enough for any mosquito to undergo the extrinsic incubation period necessary for WNV transmission.
(just kidding about the godforsaken part)

That could indeed be the case, However, neither Darsie and Ward nor Wood et al. note Oc. triseriatus occurring in Newfoundland.

what i thought. too beat for me to ID.

Red spot...
I'm guessing is a mite.

Thank you. I guess that 'bugs' can get really, really small!

It is a mite.
What a weird looking mosquito! Do you have any shots showing the hindlegs in their entirety?

I replaced Photo#124828 with
I replaced Photo#124828 with a wider crop of the same image that shows the full extent of the hindlegs.

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