Asian Tiger Mosquito
In central Massachusetts we have about 50 different types of mosquitoes - but until recently they were all fairly evening-oriented. Now a new invader, the Asian Tiger Mosquito has arrived, and it's an all-day bug!
The first time I was aware I saw one of these was in July 2011. I've done lots of "mosquito tests" for my websites, trying to eat bananas, or put on Skin So Soft, or so on, to see if they really work. So I've looked at a lot of mosquitoes along the way. I thought I had a fairly good sense of what they look like.
However, the Asian Tiger Mosquito, or Aedes albopictus, is fairly different. It really does have black and white stripes! Maybe they should have called it a "zebra mosquito"? I suppose if they did we'd think of them as peaceful and friendly, nibbling on grass, rather than the body-chompers that they are.
The Asian Tiger Mosquito has fairly thick black and white stripes down its body area, and even its legs have black and white stripes. Its wings are black in color. It was imported, as you might guess, from Asia, an accidental visitor which came in on who-knows-what shipment of fruit or vegetables. Now it's taken hold in much of the US and it seems to be fairly happy here in Massachusetts.
Just like with other mosquitoes, the key here is to get rid of ALL standing water anywhere you can in order to prevent mosquitoes from breeding in it. Look for any open containers of water and dump them. Even look inside old tires you might have lying around.
Apparently dragonflies eat both wiggling baby and full adult mosquitoes - so be kind to all the dragonflies in your area! Also put up a bat house or two!
I will admit that, while I normally take all my photos of live things for this Sutton site, in this case it was dead first.
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