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Mosquito - Psorophora howardii

Mosquito - Psorophora howardii
Charleston, Charleston County, South Carolina, USA
June 9, 2006
About 1" l x w

I had one land on my sleeve this afternoon and I almost panicked, it was bigger than any other mosquito I have seen. I held my sleeve away from my arm so it couldn't bite through it in case it was female--but I see now it was a male and I was safe. I finally coaxed it into my hand so I could put it on a plant so I could go inside, but it fell over on its side. I figured it was the end of the poor thing so I put it on an azalea and left it. Are they plentiful here in South Carolina? I'm just southeast of Columbia.

Plenty of them
Hey Deb, there plenty of mosquitoes in South Carolina. As for upstate, I'm not sure of the percentage, but I know that on the coast, it's quite infested. Most especially around swampy areas, marshes, puddles (especially when it rains), and wooded areas.

mosquito gangs
Ohio has big black ones that are the size of apes! They just love torturing light skinned or white people. Yeeeeeeeeeeeeouch!!!!!!!

Psorophora howardii
Wow. A new species for Bugguide! This is a male Psorophora howardii, distinguished from Ps. ciliata by lacking the median golden stripe on the scutum, and having a dark scaled proboscis.
Compare to image of female here:
Congratulations! Nice photo!

Oh, cool!
I didn't know we didn't have any of these on here yet! Your response was so quick... thanks. I appreciate your help.

Do you have more of these around? I have never seen one except pinned. Any other photos would be much appreciated!

Not yet, but...
I'll try to locate some more in the next few days. :)

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