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melanimon Dyar

1924e:126 (M, F; as Aedes).
Type-loc: Bakersfield, California, United States (USNM)

Additional References:
Dyar 1928:201 (M*, F, L*).
Barr 1955:170 (from syn. with dorsalis).
Carpenter and LaCasse 1955:202 (M*, F).
Richards 1956:261 (M*, F*, L*).
Myers 1967:803 (E*).


Canada, United States; contiguous lower 48

Very little is known of the biology of this species except that the specimens described by Matheson were found along the edge of a small cold clear mountain stream. The adults are described as being abundant in the tall grass in the meadow just before the stream emptied into Mountain Home Lake. According to Dyar, the larvae occur in temporary pools filled by occasional rains. (Carpenter and LaCasse 1955:204)

Medical Importance:
Ae. melanimon is considered a vector of western equine encephalitis virus (WEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV). (Turell et al. 2005)