Montana Mosquito Surveillance
Species: Anopheles punctipennis
Females feed on large mammals (horses, sheep, and man). Under experimental conditions, this species has been reported to transmit Plasmodium vivax. It has been reported as a vector of Dirofilaria. This species may have played a role in malaria transmission during the Gold Rush days in California.
Larvae found mostly in clear, shaded pools. Often associated with filamentous algae as food and shelter from predators.
Maxillary palpi on head as long as proboscis, wing with pale scaled spots.