this is the first report of the presence of aedes albopictus in the native rain forest, near the urban area of recife (state of pernambuco, brazil). adult female mosquitoes were collected using human bait. mosquitoes in aquatic stages were looked for in treeholes, bamboos, bromeliads and old tires. the existence of ae. albopictus in the metropolitan area of recife poses a potential risk for the interaction of this mosquito species with the urban human population.