The 10 Most Medically Relevant Mosquito Species in the Midwest, Lucid Key Illustrations

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2015-04-14
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Zumach, Katherine
Jackson, Chelsea
Snyder, Shawna
Zaldarriaga, Selah
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Entomology
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There is a current urgent need for accurate ways to identify medically relevant mosquito species, not only globally, but here in the heart of the Midwest. As a group of five illustrators from the BPMI (Biological Pre-Medical Illustration) program, we are underway collectively producing a project regarding a lucid key mosquito identification, which has never been accomplished before. A lucid key uses recognizable characteristics of a specimen to easily identify the species. For fast and accurate mosquito identification, we are illustrating the nine defining characters of ten mosquito species. This five person team, with the special attention of our mentor Isai Madriz, conducted intensive study of mosquito specimens under microscopes and then produced different series of digital and traditional drawings illustrating these key informative characteristics. Our work will become the main component of a peer review collaborative manuscript between UW Madison and ISU, allowing this illustrated key to be widely available for its intended use. The lucid key will give people a better understanding of different mosquito characteristics, and it will be simple enough that those who are not entomological experts may utilize it.

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