oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Field collecting and taxonomic terminology

Volume 1956, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Amongst the species considered here, vittatus is the only one which normally breeds in pools, and these are generally rock pools. Both demeilloni and strelitziae usually breed in the axils of two particular plants and the remaining breed in the rain water which collects in rot holes or crevices of trees, discarded tins, or broken bottles. The more domestic species aegypti and simpsoni breed also in water tanks, troughs, sagging roof gutters etc. or anything similar where water may collect. Larvae of these latter two species, and those of demeilloni and strelitziae are sometimes found in the leaf axils of cultivated banana plants, but it would appear that this depends on these plants being in close proximity to their usual breeding places. The breeding place of pseudonigeria is the only one not known, but it seems probable that it is tree holes. For exceptional breeding places and other details see under the individual species.

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