Types of Mosquitoes
Physical Characteristics of
This is a large, dark-bodied mosquito with a pale band on the proboscis and the middle of the hind leg tarsal segment. Second abdominal segment with a broad apical band.
Psorophora columbiae. This large, dark mosquito with the painful bite is a floodwater species that becomes abundant following spring and summer rains. Temporary pools of water need stand only 3 to 4 days to produce these mosquitoes.
Though not as important a disease carrier as some mosquito species, Psorophora have been associated with encephalitis outbreaks in some areas. They are furious day and nighttime biters and are excellent fliers. They commonly disperse 6 to 10 miles or more from breeding sites.