Worldwide, more than 3,500 and German-wide about 50 mosquito species exist. As part of the food web and as pollinators, they play a crucial role in ecosystems, but they are also considered a health threat as they can be vectors of disease agents. As mosquito research had been neglected until the mid-2000s, there is little information about occurrence, distribution and ecology of the different species in Germany.
Furthermore, climate change and globalisation favour the introduction of non-native – so called invasive – species that are passively and actively monitored by the research group’s activities. We want to know when and where the different mosquito species occur in Germany, whether they can transmit pathogens and which invasive species have already made themselves at home.