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Aedes sp? = Culex sp
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Posted on 11-07-2018 17:55
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female - Berlin - July 2018

I wonder if this mosquito is an Aedes sp.
I really do not know much about this family except that they siphon our blood and annoy us.
She looks full or pregnant. She didn't bother me. I found her at the door of my apartment building.
Scales are missing from the abdomen. The palpi are short and proboscis is not curved downward. The abdomen is pointed not blunt.
I'm just trying to reach a genus.

Thank you for your time,
John
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I can't see any cerci in the lateral view, so I'm inclined to suggest this is a Culex species. Completely worn examples like this I find very difficult to identify from photos.
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Hello Tony,

Thank you for taking time to look at this one. I have no idea why she is so worn. I have keys to genera but they rely on the bands of the abdomen, which i cannot see. I remember that you are the mosquito specialist here, so i wanted to get your opinion. I really have no idea. I figure if it isn't Culex, then it must be Aedes. I don't have time to examine it now. I am very busy the next few days.

Thank you. I hope that you have a pleasant day Smile
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Your last photo clearly shows that there are no visible cerci, so it is Culex. They lose their scales easily just by flying about, and this one has obviously been busy feeding.
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Thank you, Tony. I appreciate you. I'll try to find more keys and descriptions. I didn't know that Aedes have visible cerci. Thank you for the tip. I have a few specimens that are reserved for dna, so i will just store this along with them for future testing.

Thank you Smile
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