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Asian Tiger Mosquito

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Asian Tiger Mosquito
Scientific Name:
Aedes albopictus (Skuse, 1895) (ITIS; name is valid but unverified)
Common Name:
Asian tiger mosquito
Asian Tiger Mosquito, adult - Photo by Susan Ellis
Native To:
Date of U.S. Introduction:
Late 1800s (Hawaii); 1985 (Continental U.S.) (Moore and Mitchell 1997)
Means of Introduction:
Arrived accidentally in tires imported from Asia (Moore and Mitchell 1997)
Has aggressive daytime human-biting behavior and ability to vector many viruses, including West Nile virus (Benedict et al. 2007)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status

  • DOI. United States Geological Survey; DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    Maps updated to present. Select data by disease (WN), vector (mosquito), state, and year (includes historical data from 2003).

  • DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Includes final annual and cumulative maps & data from 1999.



Selected Resources

The section below contains selected highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source. To view all related content for this species, click on "View all resources for species" in the top left of this page.


IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

State and Local Government

Illinois Department of Public Health. Environmental Health.
Maryland Department of Agriculture. Plant Industries and Pest Management.


Rutgers State University of New Jersey. Center for Vector Biology.
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source Publication #ENY632
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources

Clemson University. Home and Garden Information Center.

See also: Insect Fact Sheets for other vectors/pests