Asian Tiger mosquito is spreading across Spain
12 September 2005, MADRID — The aggressive Asian Tiger mosquito is spreading its wings across Spain from Catalonia, where it arrived last year.
12 September 2005
MADRID — The aggressive Asian Tiger mosquito is spreading its wings across Spain from Catalonia, where it arrived last year.
Entomologists warned that this type of mosquito is likely to migrate across the country, the Spanish daily El Pais reported.
The insect, which is black with white lines, is different from the common mosquito because it bites during the day and then takes refuge in vegetation during the night.
Experts said the bites are much more painful and cause more swelling than Spain's normal mosquitoes.
The Tiger mosquito likes wetlands, so it may avoid the drier parts of the country in the south-east.
Scientists first noted the arrival of this type of mosquito in the town of San Cugat de Valles, near Barcelona, last year.
It had arrived from Asia but how or what brought it to Spain has not been explained.
It can only fly up to 150 metres at a time.
Subject: Spanish news