A STUDY OF THE BIOLOGY AND PATHOPHORICITY OF BITING MIDGES (DIPTERA: CERATOPOGONIDAE) IN TAIWAN.
Report no. 2 (Final) Jul 68-Jul 69,
TUNGHAI UNIV TAICHUNG (TAIWAN) DEPT OF BIOLOGY
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Field and laboratory investigations of the biology of the biting midges Diptera Ceratopogonidae in Taiwan are reported. Six thousand midges collected during the project year 1968-69, Culicoides arakawae constitute 80 of the total night collections and Forcipomyia Lasiohelea taiwana is the only diurnal species. Laboratory rearing of the two common species, C. arakawae and F. L. taiwana has been successfully accomplished. Observation of a Culicoides biting on a Culex mosquito and taking secondhand blood from the latter has revealed an interesting field for further study to investigate if Culicoides or other biting midges play any part in pathogen transmission between mosquitoes and man. Author