On Dec 14, 2006, YangMetalRat from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:
This species of mosquito is extremely aggressive. It is easily recognized by the alternating black & white stripes on its legs. Unlike native species, the Asian Tiger feeds throughout the day and does not limit itself to ground level. Blazing sunlight does not deter it. It is agile and hard to whack! It breeds in tiny amounts of water (eg., a bottlecap) or in soggy areas. Health officials suspect it is a vector for the West Nile virus. See this link to the University of Maryland for images & more information:
Until now, mosquitoes have never been fond of my blood - and I have lived in the tropics and in Minnesota, where locals said that the mosquito is the state bird! But the Asian Tiger absolutely drove me from my garden last summer (2006). Cutting flowers for the dinner table for 10 minutes meant getting 20 bites - and they bit through denim! The alternative was a hazmat suit and enough DEET to kill an elephant. It wasn't just my garden, either - everyone I spoke to said that mosquito activity was exceptionally high, much worse than the previous summer, which makes me think that the Asian Tiger is a recent arrival in my area.