Culex tarsalis is a North American species of mosquito that occupies a large swath of territory between northern Mexico and southern Canada, spreading from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast. It is most commonly seen in California, at elevations ranging as high as 3000 meters. The species is much less abundant in areas east of the Mississippi River, although there have been several reported cases of Culex tarsalis occurrences as far as New Jersey, which were found exploiting freshwater impoundments constructed to eliminate the salt marsh species Aedes sollicitans. (Crans and McCuiston, 1987; Reisen, 1993)
Biogeographic Regions: Nearctic; Nearctic :: Native
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- Reisen, W. 1993. The Western Encephalitis mosquito, Culex tarsalis. Wing Beats, 4 (2): 16.