Spatial and Temporal Hot Spots of Aedes albopictus Abundance inside and…

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by Mattia Manica, Federico Filipponi, Antonello D’Alessandro, Alessia Screti, Markus Neteler, Roberto Rosà, Angelo Solimini, Alessandra della Torre, Beniamino Caputo Aedes albopictus is a tropical invasive species which in the last decades spread worldwide, also colonizing temperate regions of Europe and US, where it has become a public health concern due to its ability to transmit exotic arboviruses, as well as severe nuisance problems due to its aggressive daytime outdoor biting behaviour. While several studies have been carried out in order to predict the potential limits of the species expansions based on eco-climatic parameters, few studies have so far focused on the specific effects of these variables in shaping its micro-geographic abundance and dynamics. The present study investigated eco-climatic factors affecting Ae.

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Spatial and Temporal Hot Spots of <i>Aedes albopictus</i> Abundance inside and…