LAboratory of Mathematical Parallel Systems

Larval Mosquito Identification Training Workshop

    Date and Location

    The training-workshop took place on Friday, May 27, 2016 at Earth Rangers Centre, 9520 Pine Valley Drive Woodbridge, ON.

    Training Team

    The members of the training team were Jessica Fang, Aquatic Biologist /Taxonomist at Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) and Danielle Dellandrea, West Nile Virus/ Lab Technician at Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA).


    The training-workshop was attended by four LAMPS members: Dr. Haitao Song, Xianghong Zhang, Wenzhe Li and Yiyuan Wang.


     9:30 – 10:40 Introduction to mosquito larval morphology and key features for genus level identification

    10:40 – 10:50 Break

    10:50 – 12:00 Identifying mosquito larvae using taxonomic keys to species level

    12:00 – 12:30 Lunch break

    12:30 –13:00 Mosquito collecting methods and tools

    13:00 – 14:30 Field work – sampling ditches, wetlands, ponds, and any small water bodies near by

    14:30 – 15:00 Mosquito larvae killing and preservation methods

    15:00 – 15:30 Identifying samples collected in the field

    15:30 – 16:00 Wrap-up and Discussion

    The Training-Workshop

    Based on the introduction of mosquito larval morphology, key features for genus level identification and taxonomic keys to species level given by Jessica, the LAMPS members identified 9 species larval mosquitoes (including Culex pipiens, Aedes vexans and Ochlerotatus provocans) through microscopes. Under the instruction of Danielle, the four participants collected larva samples with collecting tools in a pond and small water bodies near by Earth Rangers Centre. Then they identified that these samples were Culex territans. After identification, the larvae were killed with hot water and preserved in alcohol.

    It was a wonderful experience for every participant and all LAMPS members enjoyed the mosquito identification training workshop. It was a great way to learn background knowledge of mosquitoes and was useful in the research of vector-borne disease. They realized that one need to endeavor a lot to collect and identify the mosquito species and they would make good use of hard-won larva data.


    Submitted by:

    Yiyuan Wang

    June 2, 2016