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Psorophora varipes (Coquillett), a species native to the Americas, is a model for colonizing in laboratories in need of a substitute for the yellow-fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti (L.). It mates readily in cages of all sizes; embryos remain viable in eggs for months both at room and refrigerator temperatures; caged adults and larvae are hardy; the adult thrives on rodent and primate blood; it is multivoltine; and it has a short life cycle. An account of bionomic details essential for securing and maintaining colonies of P. varipes is given.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 16, 1968
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Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.