Mosquito of the Month

Scientific Name:  Psorophora columbiae, subgenus Grabhamia

Common Name:  Dark Rice-Field Mosquito or Florida Glades Mosquito

Adults of Psorophora columbiae are medium sized and rather dark. They have a salt and pepper appearance. Females feed mainly on mammals, including humans. In places where they are abundant, they can be very aggressive biters and can occur in numbers so great that they can cause livestock to die from exsanguination and calves die of suffocation. Larvae are most commonly encountered in sunlit, water-filled puddles. Their normal flight range is 6 to 8 miles.

References:  Burkett-Cadena, N.D.  2013.  Mosquitoes of the Southeastern United States.  Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The University of Alabama Press. pp. 163-164.

This is a picture of a Psorophora Columbiae mosquito