A Study of the Probing Response of Aedes aegypti1 1. Effect of Nutrition on Probing2

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The probing response of females of the yellow-fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti (L.), was studied with respect to the human forearm and an artificial target (moist surface at 34°C) using females in different nutritional states. A highly significant (P<.005) difference was found in attraction between the living and the artificial target, as well as in the response among mosquito groups in different nutlitional states. No significant difference was observed in the probing response of mosquitoes from hour to hour for 6 hr.water-starved mosquitoes probed on the artificial target as avidly as they did on the human forearm but the mosquitoes which had sugar water available continuously probed avidly on the skin and poorly on the artificial target. It is recommended that mosquitoes constantly supplied with 5% sugar solution be used for critical experiments on biting or probing.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1970

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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.
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