Asian Tiger Mosquito

Really neat looking Mosquito – White Striped!
September 26, 2009
You know you are a bug lover when you think a mosquito has beautiful stripes. I know they carry disease, but I had to take one for the team when I saw this guy biting my hand, and decided to take a picture of him.
Once Bitten Twice Shy
Austin, Texas

Asian Tiger Mosquito
Asian Tiger Mosquito

Dear Once Bitten Twice Shy,
Thanks so much for sending us an image of an Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus, an invasive species that was introduced to North America in the 1980s from Asia.  According to BugGuide:  “The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive and aggressive species that was introduced to the United States during the mid-1980s. It was first collected in Texas in 1985, apparently having traveled from Asia in a shipment of used tires. These mosquitoes are vicious biters and have been known to transmit disease.

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