Culex torrentium

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Culex torrentium Martini, 1925

This mosquito is common in Europe and can be confused with Culex pipiens (females and larvae of both species are morphological nearly identical). Both species have a overlapping distribution in Europe, but with C. torrentium being more common in northern regions. Both species frequently use man-made water accumulations like the urban storm water catch basin system. C. torrentium is an enzootic vector of arboviruses like the Sindbis virus which causes fever and polyarthritis in humans in northern Europe. C. torrentium transmits the Sindbis virus between birds, but transmission from birds to humans requires the bridge vector Aedes cinereus.