Adult Mosquito ID Course


Date & Location

VMCA holds a FREE adult mosquito ID course every spring, usually in early May; currently the course is only offered in the Hampton Roads area. Check back soon for the 2020 course details!

Content Covered

While we aim to be as current and informative about our local (mainly Tidewater area) species as time allows, this class is not strict taxonomy, but more of a practical training geared toward seasonal interns, summer part-time biology positions, or mosquito biologists new to the area.

Class Size & Requirements

Class size is limited to 30; attendees should have mosquito surveillance and/or identification in their job description and duties. New participants will take precedence over returning individuals; if space is available then others will be accepted. Sign-up is on a first-come basis so please sign up early!

Supply List

You will need to bring the following materials:

  • Microscope with light source
  • Harrison et al. 2016 Region ID Guide
  • power strip
  • forceps
  • petri dishes
  • notebook/pens/pencils
  • refillable coffee mug/tumbler (optional)

 *supplies, primarily microscopes and ID books, are limited but we will try to have a couple extra on hand

To sign-up

Please email Education Chair Lisa Wagenbrenner at with the following information:

  • Participant Name
  • Associated city/county/employer
  • Any supplies you lack from the list above


Check back here for updated details on date, location, and other specifics.

This information will be emailed to VMCA membership, posted on the Facebook Page, and in the Spring issue of The Skeeter.

Order form, schedule, and other helpful information

Harrison's Mosquito Key Order Form (pdf)


List of species to be identified (docx)


Student Supply List (docx)


2019 VMCA ID course schedule (docx)