January 2009 Mosquito Collecting Trip in Rabai, Kenya

Lindy McBride together with Julia Powell of Yale University, Joel Lutomiah of the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and a team of field assistants worked to collectic domestic and forest forms of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the Rabai region on the Eastern coastline of Kenya.

Cultivated landscape in the Rabai region of coastal Kenya (during the dry season).


Forest habitat along the Kombeni River. This section of forest encompasses three adjacent "Kayas" sacred to the Warabai people: Kaya Bomu, Kaya Fimboni, and Kaya Mudzi-Muvya.


Mbarekani village with forest habitat in the background.


Team Mbu (mbu means mosquito in Swahili) including our collaborators from Yale University and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) as well as field workers from Mbarekani/Bengo villages. Back Row - John Muthoka (KEMRI), Steve (Rabai Museum); Middle Row - Simba, Elena, Julia Brown (Yale University); Seated/Front Row - Joel Lutomiah (KEMRI), Jefferts Mukoba, Constance, Lindy McBride.


Searching for larvae/pupae in water stored outside a home in Bengo.


Searching for larvae/pupae in water stored inside a home in Mbarekani.


Oviposition trap mimicking a tree hole in the Kaya Mudzi-Muvya forest.


Steve pours water into a real tree hole to trick mosquito eggs into thinking that the rains have come.


Coconut palms planted in cultivated landscape in the town of Bomani. Footholes have been cut into the trunks so that they can be climbed like a ladder to harvest fruit or tap for palm wine. These holes make great larval habitat during the rainy season.


Trays of larvae in the lab at Mbarekani/Bengo.


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