Tribe Hodgesiini Belkin, 1962
Hodgesia Theobald, 1904.
Subfamily Culicinae. Hodgesiini includes a single genus, Hodgesia.
Species of Hodgesiini exhibit a unique combination of characters in the adult and larval stages that distinguish them from members of other tribes. The adults are small mosquitoes with silver markings and distinctive outstanding scales on the wings, but they otherwise resemble members of tribe Uranotaeniini in the development of the anal vein and the absence of scales or setae on the alula. Larvae bear a superficial resemblance to larvae of Culisetini and Ficalbiini. See Culicinae.
The phylogenetic relationships of the tribe are uncertain. The morphological data used in the cladistic analysis of mosquito genera by Harbach & Kitching (1998) indicate a close relationship with Ficalbiini.
The immature stages are usually found in dense vegetation in swamps, marshes and pools in marshy areas, often in association with species of tribe Ficalbiini. The feeding habits of most species are not known. Hodgesia sanguinae in Africa and Ho. solomonis of the Solomon Islands are known to attack humans. Adult females are so small that they may be mistaken for ceratopogonid midges.
Species of Hodgesiini do not appear to be of economic of medical importance.
Species of Hodgesiini occur in the Afrotropical, Australasian and Oriental Regions.
Belkin, 1962 (South Pacific, systematics, bionomics distribution). See genus Hodgesia.