Mosquito Monitor (Szúnyogmonitor)

Created Jan. 4, 2024, 12:36 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2024, 12:14 p.m.

Climate change combined with a significant increase in international trade and tourism consist the main cause behind the emergence of new, tropical species in Europe. This process is called biological invasion  that caused also the emergence of three new mosquito species in addition to the 50 native species in Hungary. Invasive mosquito species are potential vectors of several pathogens (e.g. viruses and roundworms) posing a risk to humans and domestic animals as well. To better understand the arising epidemiological threat we need to know the spatial and temporal distribution patterns of these species. For this purpose, scientists at the HUN-REN Centre for Ecological Research in collaboration with the University of Pécs launched a country-wide mosquito monitoring program in 2019 with the contribution of citizens.

Aim

The aim of the Mosquito Monitor program is to monitor the spatial and temporal distribution patterns of the invasive mosquito species in Hungary. Citizens’ reports (based on collected mosquito specimens, photos sent via email or smartphone app) are inspected and validated by expert entomologists, then the resulting data can be used to generate informative figures. By further processing of data, researchers can receive information on the ecology of invasive species as well as their role in the spread of pathogens

How to participate

We’re awaiting your reports via sending photos of the mosquito or the mosquito itself. When taking pictures it is important to show  the dorsal side of the mosquito’s thorax (top-view), and also the lateral parts of the legs and thorax/abdomen should be visible (side-view).

The easiest way to send photos is to make a report through the MosquitoAlert smartphone app. Please download the app from App Store or Google Play, it is available in more than 20 languages. Using the app, you can learn how to identify mosquitoes, you can take photos of the observed mosquito specimens, and send them for further scientific processing. Providing information on nearby possible breeding sites as well as on mosquito bites you receive are also very useful. After each report, you will get feedback on which species the observed mosquito belongs to.

If you choose to send the photo via email, please send it as attached file to the following address: szunyog@ecolres.hu. It is important to provide the following information regarding the circumstances of the observation:

- name of the city/town, geographical location, or GPS coordinates,
- habitat (where was the mosquito collected, e.g. in the park, near a stream etc.),
- the date on which the photo was taken (at least the day, but if the exact time is known please provide it in hours and minutes)

We’re also awaiting the mosquito specimens themselves sent by post (with the information detailed above, together with your e-mail address). For further details on how to post specimens, please visit our website: https://szunyogmonitor.hu/index.php/sending-a-sample/

Needed equipment

A camera or smartphone to take a relatively good quality picture on the mosquitos.

About funding

Funding bodies: National Research Development and Innovation Office

Hungarian Research Network

Funding program: National Laboratory for Heath Security

Active from 15/05/2019
Keywords
Viruses Invasive Species Mosquito
Science Topics
Ecology & Environment
Tags
Suitable for children Participate from home
Difficulty Level
Easy
Participation tasks
Data Entry Specimen/sample collection
Coordinator
Location
National

Hungary

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