oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Species composition and blood-meal identification in samples of Culicoides (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) collected near Salisbury, Zimbabwe in 1976-77

Volume 44, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Culicoides spp. were collected in largest numbers in March, April and May, and not one of the 24 species caught was troublesome to man. Species diversity was greatest in the wet season. The proportion of blood-engorged Culicoides caught in suction light-traps was low and depended on the species of insect, the species of animal present at the locality, the positioning of the trap relative to the potential sources of blood and the season.

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