Community Research

Up-to-date info about what kind of mosquitoes are here and where they are located will help scientists predict where the danger spots are.  We don’t have that info in Hawaii because of years of neglect and cuts.

I gave a lecture about this at NELHA at the end of March.  See here for more details, and a link to the video.

See how to tell the difference between the Yellow Fever and the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes: Aedes aegypti and albopictus. See also the identification guide on iNaturalist.

Prof Durrell Kapan (UH Manoa and California Academy of Sciences) has organized a community science project at iNaturalist to survey the mosquito populations in Hawaii. Data we provide him will be used to map the mosquito populations – and will be used to predict where high risk areas are likely to be.

There are at least two things you can do:

  • Catch mosquitoes, identify them, and submit a photo to iNaturalist. You’ll need a hand lens – hold it up to your phone’s camera to take close ups!
  • Catch larvae and raise them until they hatch, and then ID them. This is not hard, send me an email to learn how.

If you are interested in helping, please contact me at mosquitotraps@hotmail.com (or my regular email address if you have that).