Follow these tips to make your photos useful for research, monitoring, and control of the tiger mosquito and the Yellow fever mosquito.

  • Head and thorax

    Make the white lines visible.

  • Abdomen and legs

    If you can, also add a lateral photo of the abdomen and legs.

Tips for your photos of mosquitoes

If you can, photograph the white line of the head and thorax. The tiger mosquito and the Yellow fever mosquitos are distinguished from other species for its white lines. The tiger mosquito has a single line on the head and thorax, while the Yellow fever mosquito has four lines in the shape of a lyre.

Grab the mosquito from the legs, zoom it and if you can attach two more photos making the abdomen and the legs visible.

  • General area of breeding site

    Properly show the breeding site and its characteristics with a photo of the general area.

  • Stagnant water with larvae and/or pupas

    Also add photographs of stagnant water with larvae and/or pupas at your breeding site.

Tips for your photos of breeding sites

If you can, provide two photos: one to situate the breeding site and another which shows the stagnant water with mosquito larvae and/or pupas.

Tips for taking a photo of a mosquito without squishing it

Trap it with a jar

  • 1. Slowly move a jar or cup around the mosquito so that it is trapped inside. It’s easier than it seems!

  • 2. Pass a sheet of paper between the container’s mouth and the surface without letting the mosquito escape.

  • 3. Close the container by wrapping the paper around it and attaching it with a rubber band or string.

  • 4. Put the container in the freezer for about 1 hour. Once the mosquito has died, take a photo at your own pace.

Using insecticide (with caution)

  • Step 1: spraying

    Position the insecticide at least 30 cm from the mosquito and spray it with a small quantity without loosing sight of the mosquito. Take extra precaution to not inhale or ingest the product.

  • Step 2: sample recovery

    Afterwards, recover the sample delicately, using a sheet of paper, tweezers, or carefully with your hands.

Expert validation

The experts who validate the data assign a category to the photos sent by the citizens and after that they are published in the map.

Your participation is always anonymous

Do not photograph people or any other thing which contains private information.