Mosquitoes - Family Culicidae

This page contains pictures and information about Mosquitoes that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Mosquitoes could be the most encountered insects when we go for bush-walking and taking insect photos. They usually found us first before we found them. However, only a few species of mosquitoes suck human blood. Some species suck blood from other vertebrate animals, such as birds, reptiles and frogs. Some species do not suck blood at all.
For those blood-sucking species, only the females suck blood. They require a blood meal before their eggs can mature. They suck blood using their elongated mouth-parts to pierce the host's skin. Males do not suck blood and usually have the slender body.
Their larvae are all aquatic.    

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? sp., subfamily CULICINAE, body length 6mm
We have only this piece of information about mosquitoes in our web site, although they were the most often encountered insects when we were in the bush looking for other insects.
Predatory Mosquito
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Toxorhynchites sp., Subfamily TOXORHYNCHITINAE, body length 12mm
We some time found this fly resting on leaf or tree trunk. Its wing patterns mimic a  head on its end tip. This is quite a large mosquito. Notice its plumose bushy antenna, this shows that the mosquito is a male. More information and pictures please click on here.
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Last updated: January 11, 2005.