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Tiger mosquito

Aedes albopictus


Beware of them during this monsoon!!!! Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), Vector of Dengue and Chikungunya virus is in abundance during monsoons. Prefers fresh water for breeding. A viciously biting mosquito, this one causes more human deaths than many other deceases in humans. The white patches and dots are a clear indicator of the Aedes mosquito. The bite causes severe itching after the mosquito leaves.


Peaks during the rainy season as it only breads on fresh clean water. Prefers to live close to human habitation.


The picture shows a female, bloated with blood.

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27 Comments (1–25)

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Gilma for your comments.As you have said,.not leaving fresh water around is the most effective way of controlling their population...

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you staccyh

Congratulations on the very well deserved SOTD, sunnyjosef.
Here in Costa Rica we are trying hard to keep our properties free of puddles and still water because that is how they breed, but as you said it is very hard in rainy season, all we can really do is hope that if sting by one, it does not have any disease.

staccyh 6 years ago

Feisty little guys aren't they! Nice photos.

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thanks Andrews..

Kyle A
Kyle A 6 years ago

Great photo. Congrats on SotD.

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Dr. Sherpa

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 6 years ago

Congrats sunny for the SOTD.

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Pradeep..

Pradeep Kumar
Pradeep Kumar 6 years ago

Congratulations Sunnyjosef, Superb Shot!!!

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Wild Things

Wild Things
Wild Things 6 years ago


sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Sckel, António, Maria and drbm1005...
Maria, the product you mentioned is available in India online.. but very expensive to be effectively used locally. As we are used to their bites for long.. I may be somewhat immune to them.. Any how, thanks for your concern and let us hope for the best.

Those pictures are amazing I have never seen a tiger mosquito before

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

It is an amazing series, Sunny; I sincerely hope you don't become ill. In the USA, there is a product called mosquito dunk that you put in water and it kills mosquito larvae (it doesn't harm fish). Is that available where you live? (I know it wouldn't be a feasible product for the whole country but individuals with some money could use it around their homes.) I read that some scientists are working on modifying mosquito reproduction in the fight against malaria:

Great capture Sunnyjosef,amazing,congrats and thanks for sharing

Sckel 6 years ago

congratulations sunnyjosef

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you Yasser and projectnoah for selecting this scourge of mankind across the tropics as SOTD. Tiz, Marta and all the others who have favorited this spotting......... Thank you so much.

Tiz 6 years ago

Great photo! I guess it is worth sacrificing a bit of blood for a SOTD :) Congratulations!

Yasser 6 years ago

Sunny, for putting yourself out there in the name of science and nature photography, we must award you Spotting of the Day honors! :) Thanks for sharing such an incredibly detailed and fascinating set of photos and we hope the swelling and itchiness wasn't too bad after this bite. Congrats!


The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Very cool spotting!

sunnyjosef 6 years ago

Thank you my friends for your comments the concern... Neil Ross and beaker, yes, it is from my hand that she draws her blood. Gilma, theoretically one bite is all it takes to transmit the Dengue virus to humans, If it carries the virus. As I live in Cochin, a mosquito prone area, I have been bitten many times. Hope this one does not have the virus. The shot was made when I was photographing a spider in my garden and suddenly felt a pain in my hand. When I looked I saw the mosquito bloated with blood on my left hand and took the shot with the other hand. Hema, the most effective control for this mosquito is not to have fresh water pooled around our homes. A small container like a bottle cap turned up and filled with the rain water is all it takes for them to lay their eggs. Very difficult during this monsoon!!
Thank you one again and take care!!

Seems to be enjoying that person's blood...hope she/he does not get dengue!!

Yasser 6 years ago

Amazing Sunny!

Hema 6 years ago

any tips for effective mosquito control?

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Ernakulam, Kerala, India

Spotted on Jun 6, 2014
Submitted on Jun 13, 2014

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