Mozzie Monitors - Australia's Journal

February 19, 2021

Mozzie Month Challenge

We are glad to announce we officially started Mozzie Month!

We are running this initiative from Feb 16th to Mar 27th by using either the BG-GAT trap or the iNaturalist platform. We are excited to check what mosquitoes we will collect, observe and register.

We are also excited about exploring what species are most observed and easily registered through iNat! At the end of March, we will organise a summary of all species recorded, the geographic locations where they were observed and their interactions (if they were blood-fed or feeding, resting, visiting plants, etc.). Check some of the recent observations that were shared on our project.

Photo 1. Larva of Aedes notoscriptus. (c) Geoffrey Cox, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
Photo 2. Toxorhynchites specious. (c) Erica Siegel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND)
Photo 3. Coquillettidia xanthogaster. (c) widebrownland, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)

Charge your camera and get ready to share your observations during Mozzie Month. You can help us by either sharing your photos or helping with ID.

-How many mosquitoes can you observe?

-How many different species?

-How many can you ID?

Please join us and contribute to raising our database of mosquito fauna distribution in Australia.

More info:

@nicklambert @mozziebites @linda_millison @reiner @cobaltducks @thebeachcomber @dustaway @ospr3y

Posted on February 19, 2021 02:45 by larissabrazsousa larissabrazsousa | 2 comments | Leave a comment

January 29, 2021

Top 10 species of mozzies on iNat

Do you know which mosquitoes are most commonly observed in Australia?

Mosquitoes are everywhere. We can find them in our backyards, sometimes buzzing around our ears when we try to sleep, biting our legs when we go for a walk, even when we are enjoying a Sunday afternoon picnic by the park. Besides the irritation and public health concerns, they also catch our eyes when displaying their bright colours or pollinating flowers.

There are thousands of mosquito species described in the world, and around 300 are known to occur in the Australasian region. Despite their nuisance impacts in our lives, only about a dozen species play a role in mosquito-borne diseases. Knowing their biology, abundance and distribution is crucial to help environmental and health departments manage the species.

Citizen science projects on mosquito surveillance, like Mozzie Monitors and Zika Mozzie Seeker in Australia, are engaging initiatives that allow the community to notice, learn, help raise data and increase scientific knowledge of mosquito populations as they engage in a hands-on approach.

Mozzie Monitors all over Australia are sharing incredible photos of our mosquito fauna and have registered almost 1,500 observations of over 50 species on iNaturalist. These photos show much more than mosquitoes. They also reveal interactions, distribution and behaviour. On Mozzie Monitors project, you can find fantastic images of blood-fed or feeding mozzies, larvae and eggs in their natural habitats, geographic location where the observations were made and even interactions with plants.

We organised a list with the top 10 mosquito species observed on iNaturalist, in Australia. Check it out!

10 Coquillettidia xanthogaster

Photo: (c) Dianne, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA)
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9 Aedes vittiger

Photo: (c) laz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA).
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8 Anopheles annulipes

Photo: (c) Geoffrey Cox, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
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7 Aedes alternans

Photo: (c) debtaylor142, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC).
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6 Culex quinquefasciatus

Photo: (c) Geoffrey Cox, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
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5 Aedes alboannulatus

Photo: (c) iandb, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
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4 Aedes vigilax

Photo: (c) Jeannie, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC).
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3 Toxorhynchites speciosus

Photo: (c) jonandalisha, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
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2 Aedes camptorhynchus

Photo: (c) frank_prinz, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC)
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1 Aedes notoscriptus

Photo: (c) Stephen Fricker, all rights reserved.
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The most observed mosquito on iNaturalist, in Australia, is Aedes notoscriptus. This species is very noticeable due to its lyre shape pattern on the scutum. Have you ever seen this mozzie in your backyard?

I wonder which species we will observe during Mozzie Month?

Share your observations of mozzies too on

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January 14, 2021

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 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
- Using the iNaturalist platform -> You can participate from anywhere in Australia. You need to have an account on iNaturalist ( 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 (

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

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January 09, 2021

Updated to the Project profile

We have seen an increase in the number of observations particularly with the increased rainfall on the east coast, with some fantastic pictures submitted like this 'Hexham Grey' Aedes alternans (left, observed by @debtaylor142 ) and this 'Striped Mosquito' Aedes notoscriptus (right observed by @nomennudum) below.

It would be great for some of the more experienced observers to assist with identifications.
I have added some resources to the project description.
I have also included a link to observations requiring ID so if you want to help identify Mosquitoes on the project here is a list of all the observations in need of ID.

Can i make some suggestions, it would be fantastic to add the 'Observation Fields'
Blood fed
feeding on
when uploading observations or reviewing observations

Posted on January 09, 2021 00:54 by stephen169 stephen169 | 2 comments | Leave a comment

March 11, 2020

Mozzie Monitors video

We are glad to share our Mozzie Monitors video, which tells a little bit about our story. This is the story of over a hundred citizen scientists who have been engaged in mosquito surveillance in Australia, learning about mosquito diversity, ecology and diseases related. Now, we are going to upscale Mozzie Monitors to other challenging contexts, with higher disease risks, to help people become aware of their role in their environmental health.
This video was submitted to the first-ever Health For All Film Festival, which will be hosted by the World Health Organization, in May this year.

Thank you all who have contributed to this program of global importance.

And have a look at our Facebook Group and follow our Facebook page and Twitter !

mozziemonitors #citizenscience #mosquitoes #inaturalist #bggattrap #unisa #wahealth #FightTheBite #urbanecology #Eentomology #insect #publichealth #southaustralia #Biodiversity #nature #who #healthforall

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January 07, 2020


We had some great results from 2019! Our findings from the first year of Mozzie Monitors were published in the Science of the Total Environment. We were also featured in The Conversation discussing the importance of citizen science initiatives for enhancing public health in Australia. These outcomes were also presented at the Communicable Diseases Control Conference in Canberra, where we discussed the next steps of our program with other researchers, institutions and stakeholders.

Mozzie Monitors is the first program in the world to combine mosquito trapping with citizen science to deliver comprehensive surveillance of urban mosquitoes. Together, citizen scientists and researchers collected and identified more than 10,000 mosquitoes in the first year of the program. With infectious diseases spreading worldwide, it is crucial to track vector mosquitoes as an early warning system of disease and outbreak risks.

Mozzie Monitors began its 2019-20 trial in December and will run for three months in South Australia.

We are now in our next phase, aiming to improve the implementation of this program, and to deliver better public health literacy outcomes. The trial in SA will test two different methods of mosquito surveillance, comparing the BG-GAT trap vs a smartphone app. So far, we have had outstanding results recording the abundance of mosquitoes collected by traps as well as mosquito distribution, mapped by the iNaturalist app.

In December, 60 new people got involved in the program, using the BG-GAT trap and the iNaturalist app – while a number of previous Mozzies Monitors kept contributing with their observations across the state and from other parts of Australia.

In this first month, we have collected 1012 mozzies of 5 different species in people’s yards. Among them, some are major urban nuisance pests and potential vectors, especially of Ross River Virus.

Have a look at our blog for the last updates and outstanding photos shared on iNaturalist

Posted on January 07, 2020 03:36 by larissabrazsousa larissabrazsousa | 0 comments | Leave a comment

November 26, 2019

Call for citizen scientists using iNaturalist in South Australia

Mozzie Monitors is enhancing mosquito surveillance in Australia

Mozzie Monitors is a citizen science program on mosquito surveillance which was launched in June 2018 in SA by the Associate Professor Craig Williams (University of South Australia) and his research group Healthy Environments, Healthy People.

The program involved citizen scientists setting up a mozzie trap in their yards to increase scientific data on mosquito community composition. It also aimed to raise awareness regarding mosquitoes ecology and epidemiological importance.

In the establishment year of the program, 126 people were actively engaged every month, using BG-GAT traps to collect mosquitoes and email the pictures of the catch to the research team. Together, citizen scientists and researchers, worked to collect and identify more than 10,000 mosquitoes in only one year. Among the most common species collected, there were several vector mosquitoes which can transmit infectious diseases, such as Ross River and Barmah Forest viruses.

Mozzie Monitors is now going to its next phase, where it will be comparing the use of traps vs the iNaturalist app to track and map the distribution of mozzies across Australia.

Find out more on how to get involved in:


Let´s keep tracking mosquitoes!

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January 05, 2019

Mozzie Monitors, December 2018.

Hi all, for those not involved in our citizen science project, my update on what we have been finding with our citizen scientists can be accessed via the link below

Our citizen science project Mozzie Monitors has identified 3,570 mosquitoes from 10 species from 1,033 submissions from our Mozzie Monitors. The data that we have produced has indicated the seasonal changes are continuing as the scorching summer pushes on.

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December 13, 2018

Mozzie Monitors, November 2018

o date, Mozzie Monitors has identified 2,111 mosquitoes from 9 species with 1, 172 mosquitoes identified in November 2018 alone. There has also been a seasonal increase in the average number of mosquitoes identified from submissions by our Mozzie Monitors. Find out more on our website

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November 08, 2018

Mozzie Monitors wordpress Page

Have a look at our Mozzie Monitors WordPress Page to find out more about the project

or look at our data via.!/

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