Standardized laboratory feeding of larval Aedes japonicus japonicus (Diptera: Culicidae)

  • The Asian bush mosquito (Aedes japonicus japonicus, Theobald 1901) is an invasive culicid species which originates in Asia but is nowadays present in northern America and Europe. It is a competent vector for several human disease pathogens. In addition to the public health threat, this invasive species may also be an ecological threat for native container-breeding mosquitoes which share a similar larval habitat. Therefore, it is of importance to gain knowledge on ecological and eco-toxicological features of the Asian bush mosquito. However, optimal laboratory feeding conditions have not yet been established. Standardized feeding methods will be needed in assessing the impact of insecticides or competitional strength of this species. To fill this gap, we performed experiments on food quality and quantity for Ae. j. japonicus larvae. We found out that the commercial fish food TetraMin (Tetra, Melle, Germany) in a dose of 10 mg per larva is the most suitable food tested. We also suggest a protocol with a feeding sequence of seven portions for all larval stages of this species.

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Author:Friederike BockORCiDGND, Ulrich KuchORCiDGND, Markus PfenningerORCiDGND, Ruth MüllerORCiD
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Parent Title (English):Journal of insect science
Publisher:Univ of Arizona
Place of publication:Tucson, Ariz.
Contributor(s):Muhammad Chaudhury
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2015
Date of first Publication:2015/10/09
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2020/06/10
Tag:Asian bush mosquito; feeding; life cycle; reserve substance; water parameter
Issue:1, Art. 144
Page Number:7
First Page:1
Last Page:7
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Institutes:Medizin / Medizin
Angeschlossene und kooperierende Institutionen / Senckenbergische Naturforschende Gesellschaft
Biowissenschaften / Institut für Ökologie, Evolution und Diversität
Fachübergreifende Einrichtungen / Biodiversität und Klima Forschungszentrum (BiK-F)
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 59 Tiere (Zoologie) / 590 Tiere (Zoologie)
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