Anopheles punctipennis can probably be found in all of the contiguous states within the United States, and the larvae can live in a wide variety of habitats but prefer cool water. They are generally the first Anopheles to appear in the spring. In the northern states, they can be found throughout the summer. This species has wings with conspicuous spots with pale and dark scales. The palpi are entirely dark. Anopheles punctipennis is not thought to be a natural vector of malaria. It is a vicious biter, and will readily enter homes.
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