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Culex territans

Culex territans

The Culex territans is distributed from southern Canada southward to Oregon and all over the United States east of the Rockies.  Adults have been documented to withstand winter temperatures in natural sites of -18 F and below without injury.  This species has several generations each season and develops continuously in the southern part of the range.  The females of this species will typically feed on any small animals inhabiting their grassy resting sites.  The Culex territans has been observed feeding on bullfrogs, water rats, and other small animals.  This species is similar to the Culex pipiens and Culex restuans in color and size, it can be differentiated from these species by its abdominal markings.

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