Immunologic Identification of Arthropod Blood Meals.
Annual summary rept. no. 4, 1 Apr 73-31 Mar 74,
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH
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The report discusses the effect of mosquito density on feeding behavior of Culex tarsalis was studied. Preliminary data indicate that mosquito density does affect the feeding behavior of C tarsalis. With the other mosquito species collected during the course of this study mosquito density does not appear to affect feeding preference, but receptivity of the host does. Data have been acquired on mosquito blood meals identified by the precipitin test as feeding on lagomorphs and now tested by the passive hemagglutination inhibition test PHI. A clear pattern of preference for Lepus californicus jackrabbit was established for 8 of 9 mosquito species. Further data were secured from mosquitoes collected in Kern County during the 1960-62 study. These blood meals, from passeriform birds, were further identified by the PHI test and about 39 had fed on English sparrows and House finches. Modified author abstract
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