Snapshot: Invasive Tiger Mosquito at the Deutsches Museum

 

Yes, we’ve all heard about invasive species being one of the challenges of the future, but does it really concern us individually? It does—when it means that we are legally required to cut down old and beloved trees in our garden because they may be infested with the Asian long-horned beetle, or if our health, and that of our children, may be in danger. The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is one of the fastest spreading animal species over the last two decades and has increasingly been seen in southern Europe. It is believed that the larvae were carried from Asia in water trapped in stacked car tires that were transported to Europe. The Asian tiger mosquito has long been known to spread diseases like yellow fever, dengue fever, and Chikungunya fever, but recently it has also been connected with the Zika virus, which has spread in Latin America and may be responsible for severe birth defects.

One Comment on “Snapshot: Invasive Tiger Mosquito at the Deutsches Museum

  1. It seems you are talking about asiagn mosquito (with white and black stripes).This species of mosquito is less discriminate than the Yellow Fever Mosquito when it comes to their preferred food source. While the Yellow Fever Mosquito prefers to indulge in human blood, the Asian Tiger Mosquito will also dine on the blood of animals, posing a risk to birds, dogs, cats and other mammals. So as these mosquitos are a threat to you and your family, they can also be dangerous to pets. This is good reason to seek mosquito control if facing an infestation by this particular species.

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