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Is this a skeeter or what??
Location unknown
July 19, 2010
In the grocery store recently, I found a little flying critter sitting on, yes, a bottle of mosquito repellent. It was too funny and I had to take a pic! But I went online later to look at mosquito pictures, and none of them look like this fella. Can you tell me what it actually is?
Amused but confused
Thanks,
Alice

Is that a Mosquito on the Mosquito Repellent???

Hi Alice,
Sadly, we do not have a conclusive answer for you, but we are also terribly amused by the possibility that this might be a Mosquito on the bottle of repellent.  Judging by the antennae, it might be a male, and male Mosquitoes do not bite.  It might also be a Midge.  At any rate, we are cropping out the product name in your photo in an effort to not compromise product sales.

May 1, 2010
With spring upon us, it might be a good time to take precautions against the unwanted cultivation of Mosquito Larvae.  Mosquitoes will proliferate in any body of standing water, including the bird bath, rain barrel, empty tin can, vernal pool, abandoned swimming pool or watering can.  At our own Los Angeles offices, we have two bird baths and a few large containers of water we use to water our plants, and they inevitably become the breeding ground for Mosquitoes.  Luckily our Angelfish love Mosquito Larvae, so we catch them on a daily basis and feed them to our pets.

Mosquito Larva

The Mosquito Larvae are called Wrigglers because of the way they propel themselves through the water, and the Mosquito Pupae (none visible in these images) are called Tumblers because of their head over breathing tube manner of tumbling through the water.  Mosquito Larvae and Pupae gather at the surface of the water with their breathing tubes taking oxygen from the air.  As soon as they sense a change in light or movement overhead, they quickly wriggle and tumble to to bottom of the basin where they wait for up to several minutes before returning to the surface.  We quickly net them at the surface and then wait for their return before attempting to capture more.

Mosquito Larvae

I just caught and moved 5 more of Lefty’s and Digitalis’ fry that hatched exactly 2 months ago.  There are now 25 younger siblings and 4 older siblings, three of them gold.  There are a few fish in this new generation that have only 1 pectoral fin.  By my count, 2/25 of the moved fry have 1 pectoral fin, but these handicapped fry do not seem in any way less hardy than their siblings.  It is quite odd though that there are fast growers and slow growers in each batch, and with each passing week, the size differential seems greater.

Lefty (on right) and Digitalis with fry

After moving 5 fry, I caught some Mosquito Larvae to feed the fish, and I decided to set up a “studio” in the back yard with white paper so I could photograph the Mosquito Larvae, making them the Bug of the Month for May 2010.  I have been feeding the Angelfish Mosquito Larvae since last year, and the fish really love them.

Mosquito Larvae

Update:  May 5, 2010
I caught and moved 10 additional fry to the growout aquarium today.  I have moved 35 from the newest spawning to date.

Really neat looking Mosquito – White Striped!
September 26, 2009
You know you are a bug lover when you think a mosquito has beautiful stripes. I know they carry disease, but I had to take one for the team when I saw this guy biting my hand, and decided to take a picture of him.
Once Bitten Twice Shy
Austin, Texas

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Dear Once Bitten Twice Shy,
Thanks so much for sending us an image of an Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, an invasive species that was introduced to North America in the 1980s from Asia.  According to BugGuide:  “The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive and aggressive species that was introduced to the United States during the mid-1980s. It was first collected in Texas in 1985, apparently having traveled from Asia in a shipment of used tires. These mosquitoes are vicious biters and have been known to transmit disease.

Found under my floor.
Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 3:38 PM
Hi,
I am busy doing some house renovations and on lifting some of my floor boards I found about 2-3 dozen of these critters standing on the under side of the floor boards. They seem reasonably inactive, most of them are just stood there, 1 or 2 are flying around. Since then I have also spotted 2-3 flying round in the rooms of the house. The conditions under the floor boards are cold and damp, bare soil is present.
I am on the North East coast of the UK, and it is a fairly wet and cold mid November at the minute.
The reason for wanting to know what they are is mild concern that they may be the adult form of something detrimental to wood.
Overall length of the body is around 9-10mm, as scale isn’t clear in the pics.
Cheers, Cam.
North East UK

Mosquito from UK

Mosquito from UK

Hi Cam,
These sure look like Mosquitoes to us, but we can’t figure out what they are doing under the floor boards. Perhaps there is a stagnant water source nearby where they are developing. Perhaps one of our readers can share some insight. The Mosquitoes won’t harm your floor, but the females may bite you and your family and tropical species especially are important disease vectors.

Mosquito from UK

Mosquito from UK

Hi, Daniel:
Wow, you have been very busy posting!  I turn my back for a week and….wham!  LOL!
Ok, the mosquitoes may be overwintering as adults, don’t know.  Just contact someone locally in L.A. in vector control at the public health department for a better explanation.  Mosquitoes I don’t know that much about, honestly….
Eric

Correction Courtesy of Angel van Gulik:  January 17, 2017
This one is most likely a Culex pipiens.  The shape and coloration of the abdomen, along with indoor overwintering behavior is typical of that species, and it is the most common mosquito found in England.  I can’t ID to 100% certainty only because I would have to view the white “stripes” on the abdomen very closely to see whether they come to a pinch along the edge or not to rule out Culex salinarious.

Mosquito Larva?
Hello Bugman,
I am wondering if this is a mosquito larva. I found it (and many other interesting things) in the water on the cover of our pool prior to us opening the pool for the season. There were also many tiny wiggly worms and even some red water mites. We had our own little swamp going in our backyard! The water doesn’t usually get so swampish, but we’ve had cooler than usual temperatures here, and the opening of our pool happened about 3 weeks later than usual. I have pictures of all of them, but will stick with just the mosquito larva (if that’s what it is) for now, for I know you are very busy. Thanks!
Yvonne,
Barrie , Ontario

Hi Yvonne,
You have been such a loyal contributor for so many years, we try to answer your letters whenever possible. Mosquito Larvae are known as Wrigglers, and this is a Tumbler, a Mosquito Pupa. The name Wrigglers and Tumblers refers to their methods of locomotion through the water. BugGuide has a great photo of a Tumbler, ane we located another website with photos of the other stages of Mosquito Metamorphosis.