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Host finding, feeding patterns and evidence for a memorized home range of the mosquito Aedes cantans

Host finding, feeding patterns and evidence for a memorized home range of the mosquito Aedes cantans

Medical and Veterinary Entomology 8(2): 187-193

ELISA tests of Aedes cantans bloodmeals in woodland near Liverpool during 1989 and 1990, revealed preferences for sheep and cows, these hosts representing more than 60% of the total. Dispersal studies carried out on newly-emerged adults and those caught at human bait, indicated that individuals move freely between the two woods studied, mixing as a single population. Mean recapture rates for mosquitoes marked with paint were 2.28% in 1989 and 6.3% in 1990. Recapture rates for mosquitoes marked with powder were 3.66% in 1989 and 6.25% in 1990. The patterns of dispersal of adult females suggest that Aedes cantans has a learned and memorized familiar area map and possesses a sense of location.

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PMID: 8025329

DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2915.1994.tb00162.x

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