The appearance, habits, and distribution of Culex restuans is somewhat similar to that of Cx. pipiens. Culex restuans has two silvery dots on the scutum that are not present on Cx. pipiens, and there are also slight differences in the abdominal banding appearance between the two species. Culex restuans is found in all states east of the Rocky Mountains, but is more rural in distribution than is Cx. pipiens. The degree to which this species feeds on humans is still somewhat controversial.
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