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Culex univittatus

Closeup image of a pinned mosquito specimen. The mosquito is grayish brown with golden hues and dark, rust-red eyes. Its translucent wings extend outward to the right behind it, while its legs hang downward.

Following the discovery that mosquitoes can ride high-altitude winds to travel long distances, further research is adding to both the scope and variety of species engaged in such migrations—factors sure to complicate efforts to curb transmission of malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in Africa. One species commonly found in a new study of these high-flying mosquitoes is Culex univittatus, pictured here. (Photo by Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit (2023). Culex univittatus species page. Walter Reed Biosystematics Unit Website,, accessed on 5/5/2023.)

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