Your Very Own Home-Grown Mosquito!
Common Name: Asian Tiger Mosquito
Scientific Name: Aedes albopictus
The Asian Tiger Mosquito looks very similar to our common, everyday mosquitos except for a few differences. This six-legged insect averages a length of about ten millimeters. The abdomen of this species is black with white horizontal bands. These white bands are also found on the legs and have white tips on the palp. The thorax is also black and the dorsal side of the thorax has a white stripe down the center, starting at the back of the head and continues along ...view middle of the document...
Like any other mosquitos, only the females bite. The blood allows the females to reproduce because it provides a high source of protein to nourish the development of the egg. The nectar from plants provide carbohydrates for the daily activity of this species. The role of this species, from a human perspective, seems to be its ability to vector many viruses. Some viruses that these mosquitos have been known to carry include West Nile, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. This species interacts with humans, and other animals that it feeds on or infects. They bite and suck blood from humans and also may inject them with agents that cause certain diseases. Some animals that may consume this mosquito includes bats, some beetles, birds, and other insects such as dragonflies that eat mosquito larvae. This species may have a symbiotic relationship in that it feeds on humans and other animals and can leave a lasting effect if it injects a disease into another organism. This may be a parasitic relationship in that the human would be the host for the parasite if the mosquito carries and injects the human with agents that cause diseases such as West Nile.
Benefits and Threats:
The threat the Asian Tiger Mosquito has on humans and other organisms is its’ ability to spread diseases. One bite can cause a dog to get...