Sydney University Department of Medical Entomology Westmead Hospital
Mosquito Photos
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Bloodfed mosquitoes

Culex annulirostris

Bloodfed Culex annulirostris, the major vector of arboviruses in inland regions of Australia.

Aedes vigilax

Aedes vigilax bloodfeeding, Aedes vigilax is the major vector of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus along coastal New South Wales.

Aedes notoscriptus

Bloodfed Aedes notoscriptus, a common domestic breeding mosquito and major vector of Dog Heartworm.

Aedes notoscriptus

Bloodfeeding Aedes notoscriptus, a common domestic breeding mosquito and major vector of Dog Heartworm.

 

Male & Female Culex annulirostris

Male & Female Cx. annulirostris

The male is on the left and is distinguished by large, hairy antennae and long palps. No males take blood, rather they feed on nectar from plants. Females bloodfeed to obtain a protein source for their eggs. (For a description of mosquito characters click here).

 

Mosquito breeding sites

Freshwater marsh

Poorly kept sewerage farm, ideal breeding grounds for Culex annulirostris, the major vector of arboviruses in inland regions of Australia.

Saltmarsh

Saltmarsh containing temporary pools, breeding ground for Aedes vigilax, the major vector of Ross River and Barmah Forest virus in coastal New South Wales.

 

Repellents

Repellents

A wide variety of commercial repellents are available which will repel mosquitoes, ticks, biting flies and even leeches. Make sure that the product contains DEET at a concentration less than, but close to 20%.

 

Mosquito Eating (Larvivorous) Fish

Hypseliotris compressa

The Empire Gudgeon, Hypseliotris compressa. A native fish, found in freshwater to brackish esturaries in the coastal drainage systems of the northern 2/3 of Australia. Approx. 9-10cm in length.

Pseudomugil signifer

The Pacific Blue-Eye, Pseudomugil signifer. Native to the east coast of Australia and found in fast flowing streams and brackish esturaries from Cooktown in Qld to southern NSW. Approx. 2-2.5 cm in length.

Gambusia holbrooki

The mosquito fish, Gambusia holbrooki. This imported species has become a major pest in waterways in most eastern states of Australia and is also found in parts of NT and WA. It inhabits both inland and coastal basins as well as brackish waters. Approx. 2-2.5 cm in length.

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