Mosquitoes: surveillance and recording

Information about the collecting, recording, identification and surveillance of mosquito species in the UK.

Mosquitoes are part of the insect order Diptera, the two-winged flies. They are one of a number of blood-feeding insects and are often confused with midges, horse-flies, and black-flies.

There are many different species of mosquitoes present in the UK. Although mosquitoes occasionally transmit viruses in other parts of Europe, the risk of transmission of these viruses in the UK is considered low.

Public Health England’s mosquito reporting system aims to get a better understanding of the incidence of mosquitoes biting humans in the UK and identifying the species involved.

You can submit mosquitoes or photographs of mosquitoes to PHE for identification.


  1. Mosquitoes: how to report
  2. Mosquito surveillance


  1. Mosquito control
Published 1 April 2013
Last updated 12 January 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added leaflet on mosquito control.
  2. First published.