Snow-Covered Tires Help Invasive Mosquitoes Survive Cold Winters

A team of researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, have discovered that Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus) can survive winter above the latitude where temperatures drop below the species’ lower temperature limit by taking refuge in abandoned car tires, which provided a warmer microhabitat than the external air. This effect was even more pronounced with tires insulated by snow cover greater than 100 millimeters. (Photo by Thomas Shahan via iNaturalist, CC BY-NC 4.0)

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Source: Entomology Today

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