The use of Wolbachia
as a tool to control insect vectors has recently been suggested. In this context, studies on the prevalence and diversity of this bacterium in wild populations are relevant. Here, we evaluated the diversity of two Wolbachiagenes (ftsZ and wsp) and the prevalence of this endosymbiont in wild Aedes albopictus
. Using semi-nested polymerase chain reaction, our results showed that 99.3% of the individuals were superinfected with Wolbachia
. In regards to genetic diversity, the two genes showed no variation within or among mosquito populations. An analysis of other Wolbachia
markers may help to clarify the relationship between insect and endosymbiont.