Mosquito research - a day in the life video

Follow in the footsteps of Natural History Museum scientist Dr Yvonne Linton as she travels to the Kent marshes to find mosquitoes. Watch this video and see how Yvonne collects the insects and their larvae and then studies their DNA or genetic information back at the Museum.

Mosquitoes are most common in tropical and subtropical parts of the world. However, they are also a problem in some parts of Britain. Mosquitoes spread malaria and other diseases in some parts of the world so researching these insects is important for human health.

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Our fossil insect collection includes Rhyniognatha hirsti, the world's oldest fossil insect, dating back some 400 million years.