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Asian Tiger Mosquito
Aedes albopictus (Skuse) (Diptera: Culicidae)
Exotic (absent from Australia) High Impact Pest Species
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Caption: Specimen Locality Label: Collected at Brisbane wharf.
Source: Ken Walker Museum Victoria

Adult Aedes albopictus are easily recognized by the bold black shiny scales and distinct silver white scales on the palpus and tarsi (Hawley 1988). The scutum (back) is black with a distinguishing white stripe down the center beginning at the dorsal surface of the head and continuing along the thorax. It is a medium-sized mosquito (approximately 2.0 to 10.0 mm, males are on average 20% smaller than females). Differences in morphology between male and female include the antennae of the male are plumous and mouthparts are modified for nectar feeding. The abdominal tergites are covered in dark scales. Legs are black with white basal scales on each tarsal segment. The abdomen narrows into a point characteristic of the genus Aedes.

PaDIL Links:
yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti)
aedes mosquito (Aedes katherinensis)
saltmarsh mosquito (Ochlerotatus vigilax)

Specimen contact point: AQIS - Brisbane

Citation: Walker, K. (2007) Asian Tiger Mosquito (Aedes albopictus) Pest and Diseases Image Library. Updated on 12/22/2007 10:10:35 PM. Available online: http://www.padil.gov.au

Created Date: 5/28/2005 3:02:19 PM

Last Updated: 12/22/2007 10:10:35 PM

Diagnostic Images


Fore Wing

Head Front

Head Side

Larval comb scales

Leg Hind

Thorax Side

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Head side

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