Field observations of the nectar feeding habits of some Minnesota mosquitoes

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:1962
Authors:H. A. Sandholm, Price R. D.
Journal:Mosquito News
Pagination:346 - 349
Date Published:1962

A total of 1981 specimens representing 4 genera and 14 species of mosquitoes was captured in nature after imbibing nectar meals. They were taken from a large number of different plant species during the early night-time hours. Various factors, such as temperature, wind and rainfall, in addition to availability of the nectar, and the color, age and aroma of the flower, may affect the plant-feeding activity of the mosquito. The ease with which nectar-feeding mosquitoes are found and the variety of plants upon which they feed supports the belief that mosquitoes in nature may rely extensively upon nectar for satisfying their biological requirements.

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