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A Study on Distribution and Seasonal Abundance of Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) Population in Athens, Greece

Αthanassios Giatropoulos, Nickolaos Emmanouel, George Koliopoulos, Antonios Michaelakis
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/ME11096 262-269 First published online: 1 March 2012


In September 2008, Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse 1894), a mosquito of great medical importance, was reported for the first time in a district of Athens, Greece. The following year, its distribution and population abundance over time around its first detection site was investigated. A network of 50 ovitraps was established in a surrounding area of 25 km2 and monitored for 17 mo from 17 August 2009 through 31 December 2010. Weekly servicing of the ovitraps and subsequent laboratory treatment of the collected mosquito eggs, revealed that Ae. albopictus is the dominant container breeding Aedes species and is widespread in the entire study area. The seasonal monitoring showed that this mosquito is continuously active from mid spring until the end of December with a considerably high oviposition activity recorded during summer and fall. Moreover, comparison of its activity during late August and end of December, between the two consecutive surveillance years, indicated a significant increase of population abundance the second year. The current study suggests the necessity of setting up in the city of Athens an integrated surveillance program in a greater scale for Asian tiger mosquito's effective control.

  • Aedes albopictus
  • Athens
  • Greece
  • ovitrap
  • seasonal oviposition activity
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