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Our Bugs

Aedes aegypti - Yellow Fever Mosquito

Available Strains: Ugal, Rock, Liverpool, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica.

About: Also known as the yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti can spread dengue fever, chikungunya, Zika, and other tropical diseases. Originating in Africa, this mosquito has spread to other parts of the world, including the United States.

Aedes albopictus - Asian Tiger Mosquito

Available Strains: ATMNJ95 (Origin from Florida, USA).

About: Also known as the Asian tiger mosquito, it is native to Southeast Asia, but has spread to other parts of the world. It is known to transmit yellow fever, dengue, and Chikungunya, and is considered to be a potential host of Zika virus.

Culex quinquefasciatus - Southern House Mosquito

Available Strains: JHB (Origin from Johannesburg, South Africa).

About: Also known as the southern house mosquito, it is found in tropical and subtropical regions. It is known to transmit xoonotic diseases such as lymphatic filariasis, avian malaria, St. Louis encephalitis, Western equinne encephalitis, and West Nile fever, and is possible to be a vector for Zika virus..

Culex tarsalis - Western Encephalitis Mosquito

Available Strains: YOLO (origin from Yolo county, California, USA).

About: Also known as the Western Encephalitis Mosquito, this mosquito is known to spread West Nile virus.

Sabethes cyaneus - The Most BEAUTIFUL Mosquito

Available Strains: Courtesy of the Ohio State University.

About: Known as the most beautiful mosquito in the world, Sabethes cyaneus is a tropical mosquito that breeds in tree holes. The males of this species are known to engage in elaboraate courtship rituals where they wave their legs back and forth.

Laboratory culture video (YouTube)

Rhodnius prolixus - Kissing Bug

About: Kissing bugs are the principal vector of Chagas disease.

Rhipicephalus sanguineus - Brown Dog Tick

About: Also known as kennel tick or pan-tropical dog tick, this tick is one of the most important vectors of diseases in dogs, acting as a vector for canine ehrlichiosis and canine babesiosis.

Cimex lectularius - Bed Bug

About: Known as a major nuisance pest, this bug's primary hosts are humans. Though they have been known to be infected with human pathogens, no studies show that these bugs can transmit diseases to humans. These bugs do, however, leave awful bites on their human hosts, and as the name suggests, lives on human beds, mattresses, furniture, etc.

Ctenocephalides felis - Cat Flea

About: Commonly known as the cat flea, this bug is a parasitic insect that is usually found on domestic cats, though it can also be founds on dogs. It can transmit various diseases among dogs and cats, and even occasionally to humans.


Immo A. Hansen
Dept of Biology
New Mexico State University
Las Cruces,
NM 88003-8001
(575) 646-7719
immoh@nmsu.edu