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Species Ochlerotatus japonicus - Asian Rock Pool Mosquito

Mosquito - Ochlerotatus japonicus - male from 4th instar to adult - Ochlerotatus japonicus Unidentified Insect 135 - Ochlerotatus japonicus - female asian rock pool mosquito - Ochlerotatus japonicus - female Mosquito - Ochlerotatus japonicus - female Ochlerotatus japonicus ? - Ochlerotatus japonicus - male Asian rock pool mosquito? - Ochlerotatus japonicus - female Aedes japonicus - Ochlerotatus japonicus - 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 Ochlerotatus
Species japonicus (Asian Rock Pool Mosquito)
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.
Adult Female:
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.
ne N. Amer. (BG data)
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
Life Cycle
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 an important vector of West Nile virus. The females are very aggressive biters.