How Mosquitoes Arrived in Hawaii

Mosquitoes are not only annoying, they’re bad for native species: they carried diseases that wiped out native bird species in Hawaii. Nobody invited the mosquitoes here. So how did these invasive species get here?

Reportedly, the ship “Wellington” from San Blas, Mexico, brought the first mosquitoes in 1826 when it anchored in the port of Lahaina, Maui. The “singing” of the mosquitoes were heard, and soon many native bird species would meet their end.

Read more about it in “How the Mosquito Came to Infest These Islands.”

The Hawaiian gazette., April 17, 1903, Image 6

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