Aedes (Stg.) albopictus


  • (Skuse)
  • 1894 (1895):20 (F*; Culex)
  • Calcutta, [West Bengal], India (USNM)



Albania, Argentina, Australia, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belgium, Bermuda, Borneo (island), Borneo, Brunei, Brazil, British Indian Ocean Territory, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cayman Islands, China, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Cook Islands (Polynesia), Croatia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji, France, French Polynesia, Gabon, Greece, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel (and Gaza Strip & West Bank), Italy, Japan, Korea, South, Laos, Lebanon, Madagascar (includes Glorioso & Juan De Nova Is.), Malaysia, Maldives, Mariana Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar (Burma), Nepal, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua Island, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Polynesian Islands (Howland, Jarvis, Johnston Atol, Pitcairn, Wallis & Futuna), Reunion, Samoa (Ind. State of Samoa, American Samoa, Western Samoa), Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, contiguous lower 48, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam


  • samarensis Ludlow
    • 1903:138 (A; Stegomyia scutellaris ssp.)
    • Type-loc: Samar, Philippines (USNM)
  • nigritia Ludlow
    • 1910:194 (F; Stegomyia)
    • Type-loc: Cotabato, Mindanao, Philippines (USNM)
  • quasinigritia Ludlow
    • 1911b:129 (M; Stegomyia)
    • Type-loc: Turucan, Mindanao, Philippines (USNM)


Immatures are found in natural containers, including treeholes, bamboo stumps, coconut shells, rockholes, palm fronds, and leaf axils. They are also found in all varieties of artifical containers and will breed indoors. Females readily bite man (Huang 1972).

Medical Importance

Vector of dengue and yellow fever in the wild. Under laboratory conditions: bird malarias, Eastern and Western equine encephalitis, West Nile, chikungunya and Japanese encephalitis viruses (Huang 1972).

Culicidae » Culicinae » Aedini » Aedes » Stegomyia
habitus image

Photo credit: J. Stoffer, WRBU.

Additional References

  • Barraud 1934:233 (M*, F*, L*).
  • Edwards 1941:153 (A), 391 (P*).
  • Bohart and Ingram 1946b:5,35,64 (M*, F*, L*)
  • LaCasse and Yamaguti 1950:111 (M*, F*, P*, L*)
  • Knight and Hull 1952:176 (M*, F, L).
  • Mattingly 1953a:17 (tax.), 49 (distr.)
  • Horsfall 1955: 506 (review).
  • Hara 1957:65 (F*).
  • Bullock 1960:167 (E*).
  • Huang 1968c:297 (M*, F*, P*; neotype).
  • Matsuo, Yoshida, and Kunou 1972:359 (E*).
  • Huang 1972c:13 (M*, F*, P*, L*).
  • Colless 1973:226 (n. distr.)
  • Joshi, Pradhan and Darsie 1965:138 (distr.).
  • Ree, Self, Hong and Lee 1973:383 (distr.) - pdf not yet available
  • Matsuo, Yoshida and Lien 1974:180 (E*).
  • Tanaka, Saugstad and Mizusawa 1975:223 (distr.).
  • Della Pozza and Mojori 1992:318 (distr., Italy).
  • Savage, Ezike, Nwankwo, Spiegel and Miller 1992:101 (distr., Nigeria).
  • Ibanez-Bernal and Martinez-Campos 1994:231 (distr., Mexico).
  • Ogata and Samayoa 1996:503 (distr., Guatemala).
  • Adhami and Reiter 1998:340 (distr., Albania)

Adult Stage, detail images:

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