Which species can we observe during Mozzie Month?

Mozzie Monitors is having several new observations in the past weeks!
It looks like the mozzies are everywhere as the weather is getting warmer all over Australia. Rainfalls in some places are also favouring mosquitoes, and the populations are increasing.

We have seen fantastic new photos of colourful, bright, scaled mosquitoes on our Mozzie Monitors project. Also, many of them are vicious biters of humans and other animals. Members of our Mozzie Monitors community have added new species to our list too.

We want to thank all iNat users who have been contributing to this fantastic source of information on mosquito fauna in Australia. Please keep sharing your observations of mozzies, so we can keep exploring their distribution around the country. Additionally, we want to call new participants for our new initiative, the Mozzie Month, from Feb 2nd to Mar 16th .

Mozzie Month will be a six-week mosquito monitoring using either the BG-GAT trap or the iNaturalist platform to monitor mosquitoes around Australia. Both methods are equally essential and bring complementary information to understand diversity, abundance and distribution of mozzies across the country. Please reach out to us on mozziemonitors@unisa.edu.au if you are interested in participating.

To participate:
- Using the trap -> Trap group is almost complete, we are seeking new participants only from Darwin and surroundings at this stage. If you are from that area and wish to participate, please email us on mozziemonitors@unisa.edu.au.
- Using the iNaturalist platform -> You can participate from anywhere in Australia. You need to have an account on iNaturalist (inaturalist.org) and submit your observations of mosquitoes. These data are valuable to explore species diversity and distribution. You can use either the app or the web-based platform. Check it out how to upload an observation on iNat (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCShSn4E-mc&t=)

Please keep sharing your amazing observations on iNat, so we will prepare a report of the mozzies observed during Mozzie Month. Every observation is important to our community and it doesn't have to be a "professional" photo to be identifiable.

You can find more information on our website: POWO
You can also check this video that explains a little bit about the past trials and future goals. POWO

Some additional readings:

  • Please check our article on The Conversation on how to help fight vector and nuisance biting mozzies in our backyards.POWO
  • You may also want to check this article from Dr Cameron Webb (@mozziebites) on how to keep mozzies away. POWO

Posted by stephen169 stephen169, January 14, 2021 03:53


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