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Diffusion of the tiger mosquito in chianti area

Mosquitoes in Chianti

The Asian tiger mosquito or 'forest-day' mosquito, (Aedes Albopictus) Arrived in Italy with shipped tires.

Waldtagesmoskito Tigrt mosquito and common mosquito

is characterized by its black and white striped legs and small, black and white body. It was native to Southeast Asia, and occupied a habitat that spread from Madagascar eastward to New Guinea, and north to the latitude of Korea. On the 6th of March 2007 some of these mosquitoes have been discovered in New Zealand. The typical member of the Aedes albopictus has a length of about 5 mm. As with other members of the mosquito family, the female is equipped with an elongated proboscis that she uses to collect blood to feed her eggs. By contrast the male member of the species primarily feeds on nectar. The female reproduces by laying her eggs near water, but not directly into it as other mosquitoes do, typically near a stagnant pool. However any open container containing water will suffice for larvae development. Diffusion 2001 Diffusion 2003 (Source Iss) Diffusion 2008 (source paginemediche)

Invasive species

This species is able to survive in a wide range of habitats and conditions. It is generally more aggressive than indigenous mosquitoes, and is outcompeting them. The asian tiger mosquito has a rapid bite that allows it to escape most attempts by people to swat it. Tiger mosquito bites very fast. You will feel the hit too late. Be carefull, bring with you always a chemical repellent. Usually they work fine. Natural defences and biological fight. There are some local animals insects hunters. Italian Gecos, the common Swallow (Hirundo rustica 1 2) and the common bats. Around the hotel there are about 48 swallow nests and at night you can see close to lights outside many gecoes (Tuscany species: Euleptes europaea, Cyrtopodion kotschyi, Hemidactylus turcicus, Tarentola mauritanica) and bats (Pipistrellus pipistrellus). A bat or a swallow can even capture more than 2000-5000 insects a day/night. Then please respect them, they are our best friends.

 

 

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