Swarming of the Males of Certain European Anophelines in Captivity

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THE study of the biology of the European Anopheles, particularly the complex of forms known as Anopheles maculipennis, has been greatly hampered by the difficulty of inducing mating under laboratory conditions. Missiroli and I1 have given a summary of the experiments made with these mosquitoes, of which only the race known as atroparvus has mated in captivity. In this form, it appears that there is no sexual dance on the part of the males as a preliminary to mating. Curiously enough, females of all the races will mate with atroparvus males, but repeated attempts on the part of many investigators to get them to pair with males of their own kind have failed.

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    Rivista di Malariologia, 14, 45 (1935).

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