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Mosquito - Toxorhynchites rutilus - female

Mosquito - Toxorhynchites rutilus - Female
Chattahoochee Nat'l Rec Area, Medlock Bridge, Georgia, USA
August 24, 2003

Moved to guide
Troy, I moved your most excellent photo to the guide page for Elephant Mosquito, Toxorhynchites rutilus. The identification looks good to me.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Elephant Mosquito
This is the Elephant Mosquito, Toxorhynchites rutilus, apparently. We seem to have only one member of this genus in the southeast. (See Arnett and Jacques, Simon & Schuster's Guide to Insects, plate 312.) Neither sex feeds on blood. Larvae are predatory on other mosquitoes.

Josh Rose and I have seen individuals marked just like this here in Durham--bright marks on the legs, a male? Josh consulted a mosquito expert at the Univ. of Hawaii, who said my photo was of rutilus, the native species. (We thought we might have seen an introduced species, T. splendens.)

Must be a female, actually
Compare and check my comment in this other great image:

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