Culicoides brevitarsis

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Author(s): Electron Microscopy Unit, AAHL, CSIRO
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Culicoides brevitarsis Kieffer

The biting midge is widespread in northern and eastern Australia. In New South Wales, it occurs throughout the year in northern areas, but is unable to survive cold winters in the south. It is also found in parts of Asia. The species is a vector of the Bluetongue virus infecting cattle and probably also transmits the Epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus. Its main breeding habitat is bovine dung.