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1826: Mosquitoes arrive in Hawai‘i

European and American ships carry the first mosquitoes to Hawai‘i, where there are no blood-sucking insects. Although these mosquitoes cannot transmit malaria to humans, they carry avian malaria, which decimates birds native to the Hawaiian Islands.

Over the next 150 years, four more mosquito species are introduced.

Epidemics, Land and Water

First species of mosquito to be introduced in Hawai‘i, Culex quinquifasciatus

Courtesy Joe MacGown