|MadSci Network: Zoology|
Female mosquitoes (the ones that bite), as well as males, usually find places to rest during the day. Males may swarm at dusk and females go on their blood-seeking missions utilizing carbon dioxide emissions of the victims to locate potential blood meals. I have seen huge numbers of female Anopheles crucians resting under wooden swamp walkways during the winter in Florida. Some female mosquitoes (such as Aedes albopictus- the Asian tiger mosquito) will bite during the day, at least when it is cloudy or in the shade, so they are not always inactive in daylight hours. Others may cluster in tree holes or in vegetation. References: Aedes albopictus http://www.fact-index.com/a/ae/aedes_albopictus.html Adult mosquito (CMMCP) http://www.cmmcp.org/adult.htm Mosquitoes (University of Missouri Extension) http://muextension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/pests/g07400.htm Mosquitoes in Maricopa County http://www.maricopa.gov/envsvc/WATER/VECTOR/mc-mosquitoes.asp
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