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Species Psorophora howardii

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Classification
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 howardii (Psorophora howardii)
Explanation of Names
Psorophora howardii Coquillett 1901
Size
very large, >1cm
Identification
Adult female: Wings entirely dark scaled, femora without subapical pale bands, apices of hindfemora and tibiae with long erect scales, tibiae otherwise with recumbent yellow and purple scales, tarsi primarily dark-scaled with purplish reflection, scutum with median longitudinal stripe of dark brown scales, lateral areas with broad appressed white scales
Range
Southern New England west to Kansas, Oklahoma south to Texas and Florida
Habitat
In temporary pools
Season
March-October
Food
Larvae predaceous on other mosquitoes, Adults bloodfeeders.
Remarks
Large distinctive mosquito. Lacks golden stripe medially on scutum, otherwise somewhat similar to Psorophora ciliata.