Description of Common House Mosquito, Culex Pipiens Linnaeus, 1758 (Diptera:Culicidae) From Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region –Iraq

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 College of Agricultural Engineering Science Salahaddin University, Iraq

2 College of Pharmacy, Hawler Medical University, Erbil, Iraq.


Commom house mosquito, Culex pipiens Linnaeus, 1758 had been described for the first time from Erbil Governorate, Kurdistan Region Iraq. The distinctive characters of the female are; Proboscis completely covered by dark scales. Maxillary palps short about 1/3 of labium long. Antenna long, pilose, 2.0 – 2.5 mm long, each segment of flagellum bears six setae. Subcosta vein reach to the costa at the same level or a little before the R2 + 3 furcation. Tergum X narrow in middle and widened at posterolateral margin where there are 10 or a little more seta on each side. The distinctive characters of the male are, Antenna strongly plumose. Maxillary palps long slightly shorter than the labium. The habitus of adults with important parts were photographed. Localities and date of collecting were mentioned.