OFFICIAL WEBSITE OF THE VIRGINIA MOSQUITO CONTROL ASSOCIATION
The VMCA will be offering a virtual mosquito identification course this year. The course will be conducted through the joint effort of VA mosquito control biologists, FREE, and posted on this page to view at your own pace.
This course is not strict taxonomy but is more of a practical training geared toward seasonal interns, field technicians, or biologists new to the area who will be performing adult mosquito speciation. The course will cover general mosquito information including anatomy, bionomics, diseases, fieldwork concerns, and laboratory protocols. Those species occurring in Virginia will be the focus; genera covered include: Aedes, Anopheles, Coquillettidia, Culex, Culiseta, Orthopodomyia, Psorophora, Toxorhynchites, and Uranotaenia.
Normally when VMCA hosts this course, it is done live and there are hands-on specimen ID sections to practice identifying species in each genera. Therefore, in order to get the most out of this virtual course, it is recommended (not required) that you have access to the following:
For each presentation below, you may contact each speaker with questions regarding their material if they have listed their contact information within their presentation. If a speaker's contact information is not listed or for any other questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wes Robertson, Entomologist for Henrico County Public Works provides an overview of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and general mosquito biology
Lisa Wagenbrenner, Director of Chesapeake Mosquito Control Commission discusses concerns and animal encounters during field work
Janice Pulver, Biologist for York County Mosquito Control demonstrates various adult mosquito trapping methods
Jay Kiser, Biologist for the City of Suffolk Mosquito Control, gives an overview of how to set up and use a microscope, how to manipulate mosquito specimens for identification, and demonstrates use of a dichotomous key to genus level
Jay Kiser, Biologist for the City of Suffolk Mosquito Control teaches viewers about the Aedes genus in Virginia
Michael Bowry, Biologist for the City of Hampton Public Works teaches viewers about the Anopheles genus in Virginia
Karen Akaratovic, Biologist for the City of Suffolk Mosquito Control teaches viewers about the Culex genus in Virginia
Jennifer Barritt, Biologist for Virginia Beach Mosquito Control teaches viewers about the "minor" genera (coined term due to very few species in each) in Virginia which includes: Coquillettidia, Culiseta, Orthopodomyia, Toxorhynchites, and Uranotaenia
Penelope Smelser, Environmental Health Specialist for Norfolk Department of Public Health teaches viewers about the Psorophora genus in Virginia