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The Aedes albopictus or Asian Tiger mosquito. (Courtesy of Ary Farajollahi)
The Aedes albopictus or Asian Tiger mosquito. (Courtesy of Ary Farajollahi)

The hot summer and rainy spring have led to a bumper batch of mosquitoes this year, with one particularly aggressive bug spreading northeast.

It's called the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), and it has a distinctive black and white striped body.

Unlike other mosquitoes that favor marshy areas and twilight, the Asian tiger mosquito bites during the daytime and loves cities, leading some to call it the "urban mosquito."

Guest:

  • Dr. Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University.

This segment aired on August 4, 2011.

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