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Abstract

First record of Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti (Linnaeus, 1762) (Diptera: Culicidae) in Botswana.

Abstract

Aedes aegypti is an important vector mosquito for arboviruses globally. It is believed to originate from North Africa and was introduced to other parts of the world through trade systems and transportation. Despite its now widespread distribution, there are still many regions in which the species is likely to occur, but is yet to be reported, hindering our understanding of invasion debt dynamics. Here, we record Ae. aegypti, a semi-aquatic invasive species, for the first time in Botswana. The species was sampled from an urban location in Palapye, a village in the arid central district of the country. The larvae were collected from plastic containers with rain water, reared to adults and subsequently identified using morphological and molecular techniques.