Are all mosquitoes alike?

No. Mosquitoes have been around for tens of millions of years. In that time, they’ve diversified into about 3,000 species worldwide. They have successfully adapted to climates from the Arctic to the Tropics. Some mosquitoes bite humans while others prefer other animals and some even just sip plant nectar; some transmit diseases, while others do not; some are active during the day, others at night; some prefer to breed in clean water, others in dirty ponds and swamps.

In Hawaii, the Aedes aegypti (Yellow Fever Mosquito) and Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger Mosquito or Forest Day Mosquito) are known carriers of the Zika virus, dengue virus, andchikungunya virus. These mosquitoes are most active in the early morning after daybreak and the late afternoon before sunset. In shady areas they can be active during the day.