Aedes japonicus

Aedes japonicus

''Aedes japonicus'' was originally described in 1901 from Tokyo, Japan, the island of Honshu being its native range, but is now found in Belgium, China, France, Japan, South Korea, Panama, Spain, Russia, Taiwan, and the contiguous lower 48 United States. It was first recorded in New York and New Jersey in 1998. Its range is expected to eventually include much of North America, Europe, Asia, and parts of Hawaii.
Asian Rock Pool Mosquito - Ochlerotatus japonicus The pattern on the scutum is distinctive: there are 5 golden striped scales and the lateral scales are pale and white in a lyre shape. It has broad pale basal bands on the hind tarsomeres. The proboscis is dark and unbanded. The abdominal segments have silvery-white transverse bands on the lateral margins, which contrast with the black
abdomen.

This species was accidentally introduced from Japan in the late 1990s. It is an important vector of West Nile Virus, and the females are very aggressive biters.

This mosquito got into my house and is being eaten by my Drosera spatulata. Aedes,Aedes japonicus,Drosera,Geotagged,Ochlerotatus,Spring,United States,mosquito,ochlerotatus japonicus

Appearance

Adults have a distinctive bronze-colored, lyre-shaped pattern on the scutum, and larvae have a linear arrangement of branched frontal setae and a strongly spiculated anal saddle.
Asian Rock Pool Mosquito - Ochlerotatus japonicus **The Wikipedia record for this species is outdated - it lists it as Aedes japonicus, but the correct and current ID is Ochlerotatus japonicus.

The pattern on the scutum is distinctive: there are 5 golden striped scales and the lateral scales are pale and white in a lyre shape. It has broad pale basal bands on the hind tarsomeres. The proboscis is dark and unbanded. The abdominal segments have silvery-white transverse bands on the lateral margins, which contrast with the black
abdomen.

This species was accidentally introduced from Japan in the late 1990s. It is an important vector of West Nile Virus, and the females are very aggressive biters.

Attracted to a light in a rural area. Aedes japonicus,Asian Rock Pool Mosquito,Geotagged,Ochlerotatus japonicus,Summer,United States,mosquito

Uses

''Aedes japonicus'' is capable of experimental transmission of West Nile Virus and is considered to be an active vector of West Nile virus disease with its associated syndromes. Its interactions with other known disease vectors give it the potential to influence the ecology of other vector-borne diseases.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderDiptera
FamilyCulicidae
GenusAedes
SpeciesAe. japonicus