n African Entomology - Egg retention by during the dry winter season in South Africa : short communication

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1021-3589
  • Author R. Maharaj
  • Source : African Entomology, Volume 11, Issue 2, Sep 2003, p. 305 - 307
  • Accreditation : Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)
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Mosquitoes respond readily to changes in environmental temperature and numerous studies (Fontanarrosa 2000; Olejnicek & Gelbic 2000; Fava 2001) have examined the effects of temperature on the physiology of mosquitoes. Nevertheless, only a few studies have investigated the effects of temperature on egg retention in adult female mosquitoes (Reisen 1995; Mogi 1996; Charlwood 2000). Charlwood (2000) found no evidence of aestivation during the dry season while Mogi (1996) reported on a number of overwintering strategies, including diapause in females.

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