We report the discovery of Aedes nigrinus (Eckstein, 1918) in the New Forest of southern England, bringing to 36 the number of mosquito species recorded in Britain. Because it seems that this species has been misidentified previously in Britain as the morphologically similar Aedes sticticus (Meigen, 1838), the two species are contrasted and distinguished based on distinctive differences exhibited in the adult and larval stages. The pupa of Ae. nigrinus is unknown, but the pupa of Ae. sticticus is distinguished from the pupae of other species of Aedes by modification of the most recent key to British mosquitoes. The history of the mosquito fauna recorded in the UK is summarized and bionomical information is provided for the two species.
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We are grateful for assistance received from Colin Cross and Paul Allen, Wyre Forest District Council (Hurcott Pools), and Alan Bowley, Natural England (Woodwalton Fen), as well as Sergio Garcia Tejero, Edge Hill University, and Javier Santos Aberturas, John Innis Centre, for help in collecting specimens. We are also grateful to the For- estry Commission England for granting permission to collect in the New Forest, and to Erica McAlister, Natural History Museum (NHM), and Shelley Cook, formerly of the NHM, for field assistance and rearing of mosquitoes collected in Hurcott Wood.
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