Tiger Mosquito Aedes albopictus

Common Name: Tiger Mosquito

Order Name: Diptera

Family Name: Culicidae

This mosquito and a related species serve as a vector for Dengue fever virus. Mosquito larvae are aquatic, feeding on algae and organic debris. Larvae are named wrigglers and utilize a breathing tube to pierce the surface tension of their water nursery. The pupal stage is active and named tumblers. Adult male mosquitos feed on nectar and plant juices and have bushy antennae whereas female mosquitos are notorious for seeking the blood meal they needs to collect enough protein to lay eggs. Hawaii was mosquito free until 1826, when a boat from Mexico accidentally introduced the Culex genus. Hawaiians initially considered them a novelty for the “singing in the ears.”