Asian Tiger mosquito doubles up in Catalonia

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The mosquito that comes from Southeast Asia has doubled its number since 2004 and is present in 55 municipalities.

24 June 2008

BARCELONA - The tiger mosquito, which inflicts a particularly painful bite on its victims, is becoming increasingly common in Catalonia, and is now present in 55 municipalities. That's according to a report from the regional department for the environment, which concludes that the insect has now doubled its numbers since 2004.

Barcelona, Terrassa, Altafulla, Sitges, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Pallejà, Vallirana, Sabadell, Martorell, Cornellà and Esparreguera are just a few of the latest municipalities where adult examples of the tiger mosquito are now to be found.

The species comes from Southeast Asia and is easily recognisable thanks to its pointed abdomen and black-and-white stripes on its legs. Since 1979 it has gradually spread throughout the world, due to the international transport of goods.

[El Pais / Expatica]

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