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‘Reverse’ identification key for mosquito species

Want to learn how to distinguish invasive mosquito species from native ones in Europe?

More and more people are getting involved in the surveillance of invasive mosquito species in the EU/EEA, not just professionals with formal training in entomology. There are many taxonomic keys available for identifying mosquitoes of medical and veterinary importance, but they are almost all designed for professionally trained entomologists. But now there is this very informative identification toolcreated by VectorNet, a research consortium lead by Marieta Braks, at the request of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to help anyone interested better distinguish invasive from native mosquitoes in Europe. Arjan Stroo of the Centre of Monitoring Vectors (CMV) of the Dutch Food Authority (NVWA) translated the tool into Dutch.

Start now and learn how to distinguish invasive mosquito species from native ones in Europe!

‘Reverse’ identification key for mosquito species. (In English)

The Dutch version of this tool for identification of exotic Aedes species, that can potentially also be used for travellers or around schools, can be found via Steekmuggen (

Date: June 10, 2021

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