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Species Psorophora ferox

Humboldt Mosquito  - Psorophora ferox Mosquito on goldenrod - Psorophora ferox Mosquito on goldenrod - Psorophora ferox mosquito with green eyes - Psorophora ferox - male Texas Mosquito - Psorophora ferox Blue-legged Mosquito - Psorophora ferox - female Blue-legged Mosquito - Psorophora ferox - female New Hope Bottomlands mosquito loaded with blood meal 2022 2 - Psorophora ferox - female
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Nematocera" (Non-Brachycera))
Infraorder Culicomorpha (Mosquitoes and Midges)
Family Culicidae (Mosquitoes)
Tribe Aedini
Genus Psorophora
Species ferox (Psorophora ferox)
Other Common Names
White-footed Woods Mosquito, White-footed Mosquito, Woodland Mosquito
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Psorophora ferox (Humboldt)
Orig. Comb: Culex ferox Humboldt 1819
Explanation of Names
ferox (L). fierce, wild, bold, courageous, warlike, spirited, etc.
Larvae: Head rounded anteriorly, long antennae. Head hairs 5 and 6 long and usually double.
Adult Female: The legs have purple irridescent scales and tarsal segments 4 and 5 are entirely pale scaled.
e US to Texas (1)(2)
Larvae are found in temporary woodland pools and depression in shaded floodplains. (3)
Larvae: July and August
Adults: June - October
Females prefer blood from mammals
Life Cycle
Overwinters as an egg and is multivoltine
Works Cited
1.Mosquitoes of the southeastern United States
Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena. 2013. The University of Alabama Press. xiii + 188 pp.
2.County Maps of Texas' 85 Mosquito Species - Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
3.Identification Guide to the Mosquitos of Connecticut
Theodore G. Andreadis, Michael C. Thomas, John J. Shepard. 2005. The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station.