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mosquito from rain barrel - Ochlerotatus japonicus - female

mosquito from rain barrel - Ochlerotatus japonicus - Female
Ackworth, Warren County, Iowa, USA
July 9, 2009
Size: 5 mm body (ex legs, prob)
I collected an aquatic mosquito pupa from a rain barrel in my backyard on July 8, but a few hours later it had metamorphosed in the collecting jar into a flying adult. I used my regular handheld camera to photograph the live adult (after chilling it in refrigerator) and used a microscope camera for close-up photos of its exuvia, wings, and antennae.

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Rain barrel mosquito
The terminal hind tarsal segments appear to be unbanded, which would suggest Ochlerotatus japonicus

 
Confirmed
Photo ID as japonicus confirmed by Brendan Dunphy, mosquito biologist with Iowa State University Medical Entomology Laboratory.

 
do you know this one ?
Could I get your help with this mosquito ID ?
mosquito

maybe an Asian Tiger Mosquito , Aedes albopictus
I can't tell if there's a white stripe down the thorax or not in your pictures. Yours does have the same leg bands. Don't consider this a firm ID. It's more of an idea.


 
no "bold white stripe"
Thanks, Andy. Prompted by your note, I added three photos attempting to show the dorsal thorax (poor quality images, sorry!). Although there is a tan stripe between dark brown stripes, it appears to fall short of the "bold white stripe" described in the Info Tab.

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