oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Aspects of the ecology of Culex quinquefasciatus Say, (Diptera: Culicidae) at a site in the Western Orange Free State, Republic of South Africa

Volume 50, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In this study site selection for oviposition purposes, effects of rain on egg rafts, fecundity, seasonal occurrence and abundance of Culex quinquifasciatus in an urban site were studies over a period of three Seasons. Each Season represented a period between the date on which the first egg rafts were produced, till the date in early winter of the consecutive year on which the last egg rafts were laid. It was concluded that Cx. quinquifasciatus is an excellent r-strategist, probably to ensure survival during adverse environmental conditions in winter.

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