There are 166 species of mosquitoes identified and classified in North America,
north of Mexico. Research in the family Culicidae is widespread and currently
ongoing, with a new mosquito having been identified and classified as recently as
1992 (Nearctica). Mosquitoes are vectors to
a plethera of diseases and, therefore, it becomes very important that people are
aware of the mosquito species surrounding them and attempt to understand whether
the mosquitoes closest to them pose any kind of threat. The medical community is
constantly looking at vector control as a way to stop the spread of diseases such
as Malaria or the West Nile Virus. The guide on this site has been developed
to enable the average citizen with a microscope and some time to capture a mosquito
and identify it; perhaps even report that species presence to our site.
Thank you for taking the time to explore and understand the world around us.
Darsie, Richard F. & Charlie D. Morris. 1981. Identification and Geographical Distribution of the Mosquitoes of North America, North of Mexico. The American Mosquito Control Association. University of Utah Printing Services.
Darsie, Richard F. & Charlie D. Morris. 2000. Keys to the Adult Females and Fourth Instar Larvae of the Mosquitoes of Florida (Diptera, Culicidae). E. O. Painter Printing Company, DeLeon Springs, FL.