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Aedes albopictus breeding in southern Germany, 2014

Abstract

Larvae, pupae and eggs of the Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus were found in Freiburg, southern Germany, after submission of an adult mosquito specimen from that area to the ‘Mückenatlas’, a German instrument of passive mosquito surveillance. While previously collected Ae. albopictus in Germany were trapped on, or close to, service stations on motorways, suggesting introduction by vehicles from southern Europe, these new specimens were out of flight distance from the motorway on the one hand and indicate local reproduction on the other. The findings call for a thorough active and passive surveillance in exposed geographic regions such as the relatively warm German Upper Rhine Valley to prevent Ae. albopictus from establishing.

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The ‘Mückenatlas’ is part of a mosquito monitoring project financially supported by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) through the Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE), grant number 2810HS022. We are grateful to Adrian Pont, Oxford University Museum for Natural History, for critically reading the manuscript.

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Werner, D., Kampen, H. Aedes albopictus breeding in southern Germany, 2014. Parasitol Res 114, 831–834 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s00436-014-4244-7

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Keywords

  • Aedes albopictus
  • Asian tiger mosquito
  • Germany
  • Mückenatlas
  • Passive surveillance
  • Population
  • Reproduction