Photo of the Week

Mosquito - ♀
Mosquito – ♀
Ochlerotatus dorsalis, Culicidae
Ferry Point Landing, Alberta, Canada
Nikon D5100, 105 mm f/2.8
June 21, 2014

Sorry for the late post I have been traveling for the past week in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Should have a relevant post with some field notes from the Battle River Badlands soon. Now on to the bloodsuckers!

I suffered for this weeks photo; losing microliters of my blood to this beautiful parasite. Make sure to mouse over the picture to see the mosquito pre-engorgement. I’m told (by Sean) that this particular species is adapted to host finding during the warmer temperatures of the day. I can confirm this anecdotally as both myself and other members of my party lost quite a few microliters to this mosquito and her sisters during the heat of a wonderful (and apparently quite rare this spring) sunny afternoon in central Alberta. Thanks again to Sean for the ID.

  • Kim July 2, 2014, 1:50 am

    Fantastic photo!


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