Types of Mosquitoes – Aedes albopictus

Types of Mosquitoes

There are about 200 kinds of mosquitoes in the U.S.; each has its own special characteristics and behaviors. Shown here are seven types that are likely to be the most common and important public health mosquito species in your area.  Select a type of mosquito to learn more.


Physical Characteristics of
Aedes albopictus

Small, strikingly marked black and white mosquito. Distinct white basal stripes around tarsi and abdominal segments.

Aedes albopictus
The Asian tiger mosquito, is the most widespread nuisance mosquito in urban areas in the southern 2/3 of the eastern U.S. This mosquito is a container breeder, meaning that it lays eggs in stagnant water in containers like a tire, bucket, or soft drink can.

Tiger mosquitoes remain active and will bite readily during the day, especially in shady areas. They usually fly less than a block or two from their breeding site. As a close relative of the yellow fever mosquito, the tiger mosquito may also carry the same diseases, including Dengue Fever, Zika and Chikungunya. Should these diseases enter the country, this mosquito may help transmit them. The Asian tiger mosquito is not thought to carry West Nile virus.