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Asian Tiger Mosquito

Scientific Name
Aedes albopictus
Scientific Author
(Skuse)
Taxonomy
(Diptera: Culicidae)

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Diagnostic Notes

Adult Aedes albopictus are easily recognized by the bold black shiny scales and distinct silver white scales on the palpus and tarsi (Hawley 1988). The scutum (back) is black with a distinguishing white stripe down the center beginning at the dorsal surface of the head and continuing along the thorax. It is a medium-sized mosquito (approximately 2.0 to 10.0 mm, males are on average 20% smaller than females). Differences in morphology between male and female include the antennae of the male are plumous and mouthparts are modified for nectar feeding. The abdominal tergites are covered in dark scales. Legs are black with white basal scales on each tarsal segment. The abdomen narrows into a point characteristic of the genus Aedes.

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Author
Walker, K.
Created
28/05/2005 03:02 AEST
Last Updated
21/10/2011 09:30 AEST
Citation
Walker, K. (2005) Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) Updated on 10/21/2011 9:30:57 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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