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mosquito-feeding blood plates

mosquito-feeding blood plates

In search of a simple, cost-effective way to maintain laboratory mosquito colonies, biologists at a mosquito control district in Florida have turned to food-grade frozen animal blood found at specialty grocery stores. Shown here is preparation of the feeding mechanism used in the lab. Parafilm (left) or PTFE tape (right) is stretched over an aluminum plate forming a pocket on the one side of the plate. Three sides are sealed on the opposite side of the plate. Blood is poured into the open panel, creating a pool on the covered side. The open side is then sealed tightly against the back of the plate. (Image originally published in Tyler-Julian et al 2021, Journal of Insect Science)

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