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LABORATORY REARING OF CULEX ANNULIROSTRIS SKUSE (DIPTERA: CULICIDAE)

G McDonald, IR Smith, GP Shelden

Australian Journal of Entomology | Published : 1978

Abstract

A successful technique was developed for laboratory rearing of Culex annulirostris. The larval rearing medium, containing water, crushed dog biscuit and yeast, required continuous aeration to prevent putrefaction. An emergence cage was designed to improve rearing and operational efficiency. Adults were fed on boiled sultanas, and females received their blood meals from guinea pigs. The culture room was kept at 26°C ± 1°C, and the relative humidity was alternated from 60% to 80% for three day periods to maximize reproduction and survival. Simulated dusk and dawn enhanced feeding and mating. Observations from culturing studies are reported. Copyright © 1978, Wiley Blackwell. All rights reserve..

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