Species: Aedes hendersoni

Importance:

This species is not known to be an important pest in Montana. Adults are not frequently collected, suggesting it is either rare or not attracted to CO2-baited light traps.

Biology:

This is one of two tree-hole mosquitoes found in Montana (Ae. sierrensis is the second). Eggs are deposited inside a tree-hole. Winter is passed in the egg stage. Cavities in a wide variety of tree species serve as primary habitat for this species in forested areas. The mosquito also lays its eggs in an array of artificial containers including buckets, cans and barrels.

Identifying Characteristics:

Pointed abdomen, no leg banding, scutum with median stripe of dark scales surrounded by silvery white scales laterally.

Distribution Map:

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Mosquito and Vector Surveillance Program

MSU Extension - Department of Animal and Range Sciences

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172900
Bozeman, MT 50717-2900

Tel: (406) 994-7981
E-mail:
mrolston@montana.edu
Location: Marsh Labs, Room 59

Veterinary Entomology Research Associate:

Marni Rolston

Professor Emeritus of Veterinary Entomology:

Dr. Greg Johnson

Affiliate:

Dr. Grant Hokit (Carroll College)