Monday, March 31, 2014

Yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti, Culex aegypti)

While I was sitting on the porch enjoying a glass of wine, a mosquito landed on me. I recognized the species immediately and was able to swat it gently before it had a chance to take a meal. The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, is a mosquito that was one of the first species in the US to transmit West Nile virus. In other countries it is responsible for the spread of dengue fever, yellow fever viruses, and other diseases. The mosquito can be easily recognized by white markings on legs and thorax.
With little to no winter, New Mexico will likely experience a very buggy year.