Aedes albopictus (Skuse, 1894)

Tiger mosquito
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Description 1

Dark, almost black-coloured mosquito with bands of white on the legs (palps and tarsos) and a white stripe on the the dorsal which goes from the head to the thorax. Its size varies from 2-10 mm, however the most frequent size is 6-7 mm.

Biology 1

The life cycle has two phases: aquatic phase (egg, larval and pupal phases) and the aerial adult phase. The female lays the eggs (150 and 250 per laying) in wetland areas. The larvae transform into pupae at 5-10 days and these into adults at 2. In the aquatic phase they feed on organic material suspended in the water. The adult ingests nectar, but the female consumes blood for the production of the eggs. They bite a wide variety of vertebrates during the day, some 30-48 bites per hour.

Habitat 1

In our environment, it is largely an urban mosquito that systematically exploits water sources of human origin for reproduction. The larvae are developed in places where there are small quantities of water, especially if the spot is shaded: plant saucers, flowerpots, buckets, etc.

Sources 1

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species, Project invasIBER

Spanish Catalogue of Exotic Invasive Species - Non-crustaceans arthropods 1

http://www.magrama.gob.es/es/biodiversidad/temas/conservacion-de-especies/especies-exoticas-invasoras/ce_eei_artropodos_nc.aspx

Fuentes y Créditos

  1. Adaptado por INVASORES - administrador de un trabajo de (c) cartotragsatec, algunos derechos reservados (CC BY), http://natusfera.gbif.es/guide_taxa/187

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