Population and parity levels of Aedes aegypti collected in Tucson

Paquita A.E. Hoeck, Frank B. Ramberg, Samuel A. Merrill, Carlos Moll, Henry H. Hagedorn

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Oviposition traps were used to follow changes in the population of Aedes aegypti (L.) (Diptera:Culicidae) in a seven-block area in midtown region of Tucson Arizona. About 20,000 eggs were collected over a period from 1 June to 14 October 2000. Peak mosquito populations were correlated with the late summer rains. Mosquitoes seeking a blood meal were collected and dissected to determine if they had previously fed, i.e. if they were parous. Of the 241 females examined, 44% were parous, with a range from 0% to 80%. Females that had blood in their guts were collected and the source of blood was identified using an ELISA. Preliminary results suggest that 80% of them had fed on humans. These data suggest that the reproductive history of Tucson populations of Ae. aegypti could be conductive for transmission of dengue viruses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-73
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vector Ecology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003


  • Blood source
  • Dengue
  • Mosquito
  • Oviposition
  • Parity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Ecology


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