Mosquitoes

Common pest species found in New York:

Northern House Mosquito

Culex pipiens

Size: 1/8–1/4 inch long (3–7 mm); about the length of a flaxseed

Color: Light brown or brown

Shape: Slender, small-to-medium size body with a long abdomen, needle-like mouthparts, antennae, 6 long legs, and 1 pair of narrow wings

Legs: 6 long, thin legs that are have a uniform brown color

Antennae: About the same length as the proboscis; males have feathery antennae while females have thread-like antennae

Head: Small head with large compound eyes and a long, tube-like mouth (proboscis) used to suck up fluids

Body: Elongated body with pale or yellowish- brown spots along the sides of its abdomen

Wings: One pair of long, narrow wings with dark-colored microscopic scales along the edges and veins

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Aedes albopictus

Size: 1/8–3/8 inch long (3–10 mm); about the length of a pea

Color: Black and white

Shape: Slender, medium size body with long abdomen, needle-like mouthparts, antennae, 6 long legs, and 1 pair of narrow wings

Legs: 6 long, thin legs that are mostly black but covered in white bands, particularly on its hind legs

Antennae: About the same length as the proboscis; males have feathery antennae while females have thread-like antennae

Head: Small head with large compound eyes and a long, tube-like mouth (proboscis) used to suck up fluids

Body: Elongated body covered in striking white markings; look for a characteristic white stripe running down the center line of its head and back

Wings: One pair of long, narrow wings with dark-colored microscopic scales along the edges and veins

Yellow Fever Mosquito

Aedes aegypti

Size: 1/6–1/4 inch long (4–7 mm); about the length of a staple

Color: Dark brown to black with white markings

Shape: Slender, medium size body with long abdomen, needle-like mouthparts, antennae, 6 long legs, and 1 pair of narrow wings

Legs: 6 long, thin legs that are mostly black but covered in white bands, especially on its hind legs

Antennae: About the same length as the proboscis; males have feathery antennae while females have thread-like antennae

Head: Small head with large compound eyes and a long, tube-like mouth (proboscis) used to suck up fluids

Body: Elongated body covered in white markings; look for a characteristic white lyre-shaped marking on the thorax with 2 lighter white lines running down the center

Wings: One pair of long, narrow wings with dark-colored microscopic scales along the edges and veins

Eastern Saltmarsh Mosquito

Aedes sollicitans

Size: 1/8–1/4 inch long (3–7 mm); about the length of a flaxseed

Color: Golden brown

Shape: Slender, medium size body with long abdomen, needle-like mouthparts, antennae, 6 long legs, and 1 pair of narrow wings

Legs: 6 long, thin legs that dark-colored and covered in pale bands; the middle section of each leg is yellow

Antennae: About the same length as the proboscis; males have feathery antennae while females have thread-like antennae

Head: Small head with large compound eyes and a long, tube-like mouth (proboscis) used to suck up fluids; look for a pale band around the middle of the dark-colored

Body: Elongated, rusty-colored body speckled with dark and light markings; abdomen has white bands on the sides; look for a pale, yellowish stripe running down its back

Wings: One pair of long, narrow wings that are smoky gray and speckled with dark and pale scales

Common Malaria Mosquito

Anopheles quadrimaculatus

Size: 1/5 inch long (5–5.5 mm); about the width of a pencil top eraser

Color: Light-to-dark brown

Shape: Slender, medium size body with long abdomen, needle-like mouthparts, antennae, 6 long legs, and 1 pair of narrow wings

Legs: 6 long, thin legs that mostly dark-colored with tiny white spots on its joints

Antennae: About the same length as the proboscis; males have feathery, golden-colored antennae while females have thread-like antennae

Head: Small head with large compound eyes and a long, tube-like mouth (proboscis) used to suck up fluids; look for characteristically long palps (sensory organs under the antennae) that are equal in length to the proboscis

Body: Elongated dark brown body covered in tiny yellow hairs; look for its distinct resting position with the abdomen pointed up in the air at about a 45° angle

Wings: One pair of long, narrow wings that are brown-colored with 4 dark spots