Journal article

THE MOSQUITO AND PREDATORY INSECT FAUNA INHABITING FRESH-WATER PONDS, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO CULEX-ANNULIROSTRIS SKUSE (DIPTERA, CULICIDAE)

G MCDONALD, GA BUCHANAN

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF ECOLOGY | BLACKWELL SCIENCE | Published : 1981

Abstract

Colonization and abundance of mosquitoes and other insects were studied during four trials in man‐made ponds at Mildura, Victoria. In December and February, respectively, Culex australicus and Cx annulirostris colonized the ponds within 1 day of formation. Maximum larval densities were attained within 8 days and, thereafter, densities gradually declined. The ponds were also colonized initially by predatory Coleoptera and Hemiptera, then Odonata. In three of the four trials, a significant inverse relationship existed between mosquito and predator densities. From life tables compiled during one of these trials, a survival rate of Cx annulirostris, from egg hatch to eclosion, was estimated to b..

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