Between 2017 and 2020, larvae, pupae, and adults of Culiseta longiareolata were found at distinct locations in Belgium and the Netherlands. Collected mosquitoes were morphologically identified and the identification was then validated by BopCo using COI DNA barcoding. These are the first records for this species, which might be a potential vector of bird pathogens (e.g., West Nile virus), in Belgium and the Netherlands. More information on the mosquito monitoring project, during which the Cs. longiareolata specimens were collected, can be found on the MEMO project page. The full article on the discovery of the species in Belgium and the Netherlands can be accessed via the Journal of Medical Entomology.
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