Science team discovers species of mosquito for the first time in the U.S.

A multidisciplinary science team from Western Carolina University recently published a manuscript in the Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association detailing the recognition of a mosquito species (Aedes pertinax) found for the first time in the United States.

Brian Byrd and student collect mosquitoes in this 2009 photo.

Brian Byrd and student collect mosquitoes in this 2009 photo.

The work was conducted by WCU faculty and staff members from the Environmental Health Program, Brian Byrd and Bruce Harrison, and forensic research scientists from the Department of Chemistry and Physics, Brittania Bintz and Mark Wilson. The team collaborated with the Indian River Mosquito Control District in Vero Beach, Florida, to complete its study.

A PDF copy of the research can be found at this link.