Culicidae (predator mosquitoes)

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Toxorhynchites rutilus septentrionalis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources - Forestry Archive
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Culicidae (predator mosquitoes)

The family of Culicidae contains several thousand species. The large majority of which are blood-sucking mosquitoes, see Culicidae (pest species). However, the larvae of a number of species are predators, feeding on other mosquito larvae. This includes, for example, several species of Culex as well as all species of the genus Toxorhynchites.

Typically the predacious species are larger than the blood-sucking species. Toxorhynchites species are the largest know mosquitoes. The females usually feed on flowers, honeydew or fruits. In a few of the predacious Culex species the females are also blood-sucking. However, reports of these biting humans are very rare.


The following species are currently entered under this family: