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Autolysis of Flight Muscles in a Mosquito

Naturevolume 169page1101 (1952) | Download Citation



DURING July 1951 a number of specimens of gravid female mosquitoes, in which the flight muscles showed various degrees of autolysis, were collected in the vicinity of Churchill, Manitoba. The loss of scales and hairs renders identification of a mosquito of this group impossible by means of conventional characters. There is good circumstantial evidence, however, that all these specimens were either Aedes communis De Geer, or an as yet undescribed species indistinguishable from it on any single morphological character in the larval or adult stage1.

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  1. 1

    Hocking, B., Richards, W. R., and Twinn, C. R., Can. J. Res., D, 28, 58 (1950).

  2. 2

    Jenkins, D. W., and Hassett, C. C., Can. J. Zool., 29, 178 (1951).

  3. 3

    Wheeler, W. M., “The Social Insects”, 169 (Kegan Paul, London, 1928).

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  1. Department of Entomology, University of Alberta, Edmonton

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