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A Technique for Feeding Adult Mosquitoes

Nature volume 158, page 751 (23 November 1946) | Download Citation



ADULT mosquitoes of both sexes can be persuaded to take a considerable variety of foodstuffs, including fruit juices, milk, sugar solutions and various blood preparations. Some interesting lines of inquiry are suggested by the inability of such species as Culex fatigans to produce eggs on any diet other than whole blood taken by normal biting, while other species, such as Aëdes ægypti, can produce viable eggs on defibrinated or citrated blood. In the course of a number of experiments at Yaba with various blood preparations, only one Culex fatigans produced any eggs. These were very few in number and were never laid. They were discovered only on post-mortem examination. The mosquito had received one meal of citrated guinea pig blood followed by several meals of glucose. It has been found repeatedly that the same species will produce many more eggs on a meal of avian blood than on one of mammalian blood.

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