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Species Culiseta melanura

Culiseta melanura - 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)
Genus Culiseta
Species melanura (Culiseta melanura)
Other Common Names
black-tailed mosquito
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Culiseta melanura (Coquillett)
Orig. Comb: Culex melanurus Coquillett 1902
- antennal seta 1-A multibranched and extends beyond tip of the shaft
- head hair 5 multiple, smooth and head hair 6 single
- siphon six to seven times as long as wide as it is at the base
- anal saddle complete

- proboscis weakly recurved
- scutum with dark brown or golden scales
- abdominal terga either all dark or with narrow basal bands on some segments
Tree root cavities in maple and cedar swamps
Larvae: All year
Adults: May - December
Female almost always feeds on birds for blood. (1)
Life Cycle
Overwinters as a larva. Multivoltine
This mosquito is the one responsible for keeping eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) sustained in the environment. By biting from bird to bird it transfers the virus around and when a mosquito comes that bites both humans and birds the virus is transferred from bird to human through the mosquito.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - Buckner et al, 2012. University of Florida,
Works Cited
1.Mosquito: A Natural History of Our Most Persistent and Deadly Foe
Andrew Spielman, Sc.D., Michael D'Antonio. 2001. Hyperion Press.