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Mosquito Monday Challenge Update - 02 August 2021

Mosquito Monday Photo Challenge Update

The GLOBE Mosquito Habitat Photo Challenge kicked off Sunday, July 25, and by Friday, July 30, there were over 1,800 photos submitted of mosquito larvae, water habitats, and land cover.  Thanks for all the great observations and photos so far! Read these weekly updates during the challenge online at in the GLOBE Observer News section.

Better Together

The Smoky Mountains STEM Collaborative submitted these coincident observations  new window on June 12 of a mosquito larva (with a spindle-shaped siphon), mosquito habitat (tree hole), and land cover (grass, pasture, road). Can you see how these observations together build a bigger science story?

Set of observations at the same place and time, including larvae photos and images of the mosquito habitat and land cover.

Tip of the Week

Is it a habitat if there are no mosquito larvae present? 

Yes, it is a potential habitat. Photograph and record zero larvae, then take a land cover observation of the broader landscape. Presence and absence of mosquito larvae is unique scientific information that you are contributing.


You can see from the challenge data dashboard that as of July 30 more than 2.5 times as many GLOBE land cover observations (265) have been submitted as mosquito habitat mapper observations (106). Keep those land cover observations coming and remember that coincident observations of mosquito habitats are most useful for our science teams.

*Quickly find out how many and where observations photos have been submitted to the challenge with the challenge Data Dashboard   on the challenge website. Select the date range “During Challenge” in the top right corner. You can create a URL that starts the map view with your location.   

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Science is Better Together

Share your stories, questions, and activities during the challenge on social with the hashtag #MosquitoChallenge.