oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The laboratory colonization of Culex (Culex) univittatus Theobald (Diptera: Culicidae) from material collected in the Highveld region of South Africa

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In the epidemiology of the mosquito-borne viruses, West Nile and Sindbis, in the highveld region of South Africa, available evidence indicates that Culex univittatus Theobald fulfils the rule of main vector in the feral transmission cycles of each virus. In a study of the ecology of these viruses one important approach is through the bionomics of C. univittatus, complementary studies being undertaken in the field and in the laboratory. An established laboratory colony is essential for the latter if extensive investigations are to be made.

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