Laboratory studies on the oviposition site preference of Toxorhynchites splendens (Diptera: Culicidae)
Yap, HH.; Foo, AES.
Journal of Medical Entomology 212: 183-187
ISSN/ISBN: 0022-2585 DOI: 10.1093/jmedent/21.2.183
The oviposition site preference of the predatory mosquito Toxorhynchites splendens (Wied.) was studied in the laboratory in Peninsular Malaysia, the variables being container colour, type and height and water type and salinity. Ovipositing females provided with Petri dishes of different colours preferred black, followed by red. Those presented with different types of containers selected ovitraps (glass tumblers painted black) and car tyres from among the artificial containers and coconut shells among the natural containers. Females apparently preferred to oviposit at or near ground level in the cage.