The Canadian Entomologist (2015) 147, 118-123

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Elin C. Maki and Lee W. Cohnstaedt (2015)
Crowdsourcing for large-scale mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) sampling
The Canadian Entomologist 147 (1), 118-123
Abstract: Sampling a cosmopolitan mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) species throughout its range is logistically challenging and extremely resource intensive. Mosquito control programmes and regional networks operate at the local level and often conduct sampling activities across much of North America. A method for large-scale sampling of two mosquito species using crowdsourcing to network with these local and regional programmes is described. A total of 961 mosquito vector and control districts, health departments, and individual collectors across the United States of America and Canada were contacted in 2011 and 2012 of which 9% positively responded by sending mosquitoes. In total, 1101 unique population samples of Aedes vexans (Meigen) and Culex tarsalis Coquillett were collected throughout their range in these two countries. Aedes vexans outgroup samples were also submitted from Europe and Asia. This is the largest crowd-sourced collection of samples to date.
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Culex tarsalis
Aedes vexans