Arthropod Vectors of Human Diseases

All of the species depicted here are capable of transmitting serious human diseases and between them cause the deaths of well over a million people each year. Unlike all the other photos on this website, the photos in this section are of captive subjects photographed under controlled conditions.

The links below will take you to pages containing more photos and information on each species and the disease(s) it transmits:

Tsetse Fly
Glossina morsitans
& Glossina palpalis

Transmits African Sleeping Sickness

Yellow Fever Mosquito
Aedes aegypti

Transmits Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever,
West Nile and other arboviruses

Sheep Tick
Ixodes ricinus

Transmits Lyme Disease (borreliosis)
and tick-borne meningoencephalitis