The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is an invasive mosquito and vector of diseases originating in Southeast Asia. It lives primarily in urban areas where it breeds in small vessels or containers of stagnant water.

In Spain it was detected for the first time in 2004 near Barcelona and now its presence is particularly well known along the Mediterranean coast where it is most abundant.

The adult tiger mosquito is recognised for its behaviour (flying low and biting mostly during the day) and for its small and black appearance, having while lines, and having only one white line on the head and thorax.

This white line on the head and thorax is the most important characteristic for recognizing the tiger mosquito and not confusing it with other species.

  • One white line!

    The white line on the thorax and head is the most important characteristic for identifying the tiger mosquito and distinguishing it from other species./JL.Ordóñez CC BY NC

  • White spots on abdomen and legs

  • Small and black with white lines

    Pay attention to the size of the mosquito!

  • Citizen photos

    These photos of the tiger mosquito were sent by citizens using the Tigatrapp app. Photographing the characteristic white line on the head and thorax helps identify the species.