Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus)

Order: Diptera (DIP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Culicidae
Genus: Aedes
Species: albopictus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Washington, Illinois
Benton, Kentucky
Frederick, Maryland
Brooklyn, New York
Arlington, Virginia

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On Aug 1, 2006, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Introduced into the US in 1985, this carrier of disease and downright aggrivating pest, has slowly made it's way northward and is now found through most of the eastern US.

It lays it's eggs in standing water, and the larvae hatch and live there between 1 and 2 weeks before emerging as adults.

There are many species of mosquitoes, but this one is one of the most troublesome.

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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:

http://www.agnr.umd.edu/users/charlesmg/mosquito\insect_mena...

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