Habits of the Adult
A collector describes the adult female as follows (the experience took place on the Great Piece Meadow about the middle of August):
"The persistence of this mosquito is almost incredible. When one invades it haunts, at first not a specimen may be seen ; but in a few minutes it seems as though every individual in the locality has concentrated on one's person. Brushing them away is a mere waste of time for they return to the attack with double fury, and their bite is very painful. So eager are they to insert their lancets that they can be very readily taken with vials, and in one hour I took 100 specimens in this way. Working pools for larvae, with both hands occupied, in a locality where they are present, is most unbearable, for with the hands wet their reluctance to leave is still greater and they may be crushed by simply laying the finger upon them. At one time a mosquito rested upon the back of my hand and before she got a hold I disturbed her by sliding my finger towards her; she rose hastily about four inches and immediately descended on the same spot ; nine times was this repeated, the insect each time rising four or five inches and alighting within half an inch of the same spot; the tenth time she moved about two inches and I let her get a good bite, then disturbed her in the same way. As fast as I could remove my finger she was back again and only lost heart at the nineteenth time when she flew on my clothing and was bottled."
The testimony of the other collectors is the same, and there is no doubt that this species shares with Aedes aurifer the first rank for persistence in the mosquito tribe.
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