While analyzing genetic signatures of microbes found in mosquitoes, researchers in Canada were surprised to find black queen cell virus, a common scourge of honey bees. The mosquitoes likely acquired it while foraging for nectar at the same plants as bees, but it’s unclear if mosquitoes have any role in spreading it among bees.
Mosquito researchers in Florida report the presence in the state of Culex lactator, a species previously known from Central and South America. The arrival adds to the growing list of non-native mosquito species finding their way into Florida—a worrying trend for public-health entomologists.
Larvae of the southern house mosquito (Culex quinquefasciatus) fared well in a new study when fed a diet of corn or pine pollen. The findings suggest corn pollen could help the species— key vector of West Nile virus in the U.S.—thrive in habitats near agricultural areas.
As tiny plastic particles infiltrate seemingly every environment on Earth, researchers are examining their effects on creatures big and small. A new study finds mosquito larvae may be resilient to microplastic consumption, but further research is needed.
Some faulty science in the 1940s gave rise to the myth that consuming a vitamin could deter mosquito bites. A new review compiles the decades of scientific studies disproving the idea and explores why it still persists.