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Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito - Ochlerotatus sollicitans We were inundated by these mosquitoes while hiking in a coastal, coniferous forest. They were brutal and swarmed us - at one point, I counted 8 just on my husband&#039;s head.  They were aggressive and were not deterred by mosquito repellent and protective clothing.  Needless to say, it was a very short hike.<br />
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Description: Proboscis is dark-scaled and with white band near middle. Palpi are short and dark with a few white scales at the tips. Venter is whitish to pale-yellow scaled, and is speckled with dark scales. Femora and tibiae are dark and liberally speckled with pale scales. Wing length was about 4 mm.<br />
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The females are persistent biters and will attack any time during the day or night. They are important vectors of Eastern equine encephalitis. Aedes sollicitans,Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito,Geotagged,Ochlerotatus sollicitans,Summer,United States,mosquito,new jersey mosquito Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito - Ochlerotatus sollicitans

We were inundated by these mosquitoes while hiking in a coastal, coniferous forest. They were brutal and swarmed us - at one point, I counted 8 just on my husband's head. They were aggressive and were not deterred by mosquito repellent and protective clothing. Needless to say, it was a very short hike.

Description: Proboscis is dark-scaled and with white band near middle. Palpi are short and dark with a few white scales at the tips. Venter is whitish to pale-yellow scaled, and is speckled with dark scales. Femora and tibiae are dark and liberally speckled with pale scales. Wing length was about 4 mm.

The females are persistent biters and will attack any time during the day or night. They are important vectors of Eastern equine encephalitis.

    comments (2)

  1. Poor you! Still a cool observation ;) Posted one year ago
    1. Lol, thanks. It took me awhile to get a shot of one because it was tricky to kill one without squishing it completely! Posted one year ago

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''Aedes sollicitans'', the eastern saltmarsh mosquito , is a species of mosquito native to the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada as well as the entire Gulf coast and is also present in the Bahamas and Greater Antilles. While primarily found in coastal areas within a few miles of the coast, it is occasionally found inland in areas with saline pools, the species was reported as far west as Arizona. The species is a prime vector for Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis.. more

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Uploaded Sep 8, 2018. Captured Sep 7, 2018 10:22 in 1563 Post Rd, Wells, ME 04090, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/16.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm