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Predatory Mosquito - Toxorhynchites speciosus

Family Culicidae

This page contains pictures and information about Predatory Mosquitoes that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.

Body length 12mm
This mosquito is exceptionally large and fortunately a non-blood-sucking species.
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We some time found this fly resting on leaf or tree trunk near Bulimba Creek. Its wing patterns mimic a  head on its end tip. This is quite a large mosquito. Notice its plumose bushy antenna, this shows that the mosquito is a male.   
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Also notice its long curved mouthparts. This large mosquito species has a distinctive bent proboscis. Fortunately this species does not require a blood meal. They suck plant sap and nectar, not blood. Their larvae are predator of other mosquito larvae.
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Also notice it feather shaped antenna.
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1. Wildlife of Tropical North Queensland - Queensland Museum Publications 2000, p104.

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Last updated: March 30, 2013.