Gas Station Windshield Wash Basins: Yet Another Habitat for Mosquito Larvae

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Michael Reiskind, Ph.D., found inspiration for entomological research at a gas station. “Several years ago, I noticed an Aedes albopictus adult resting on the water in a windshield wash basin at a gas station,” he says. “Closer inspection revealed that she was just emerging from a pupa, which means that these habitats were capable of […]

Mosquito Egg Hunt: Many Culex Species Prefer Alternatives to Standing Water

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The conventional wisdom about where many Culex mosquitoes lay their eggs—in standing water—is not always wise. Research into the diverse subgenus Melanoconion shows that many, if not most, mosquito species in the subgenus regularly lay their eggs on a variety of surfaces, and in a surprising location: above nearby water. The findings run counter to […]

Mosquitoes More Likely to Lay Eggs in Water Sources Near Flowers

By Josh Lancette Certain mosquitoes are more likely to lay eggs in water sources near flowers than in water sources without flowers, according to an article published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. Researchers from the USDA and the University of Florida studied the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and its egg-laying preferences. This mosquito […]