Field and laboratory investigations were undertaken to determine the level of expression of autogeny in the mosquito Ochlerotatus vigilax (Skuse) from southeast Queensland, Australia, and whether there was evidence of seasonal variation. At two field sites in southeast Queensland, Wellington Point and Donnybrook, autogeny rates were determined on six occasions between January 2001 and January 2002. The autogeny rate varied between 71 and 100% at Wellington Point and between 63 and 100% at Donnybrook. Autogenous fecundity ranged from 17 to 63 eggs per female at Wellington Point and from 13 to 88 eggs per female at Donnybrook. Positive relationships were found between adult body size (indicated by wing length), autogeny rate, and fecundity. A laboratory study was conducted to investigate the influence of larval nutrition and adult diet (water versus sucrose) on the expression of autogeny. The autogeny rate at a low-diet treatment was between 73 and 90% when sucrose was withheld from females and 100% when sucrose was provided. All high-diet females were autogenous. Autogenous egg development required 80 ± 6 h from emergence at 27°C. We conclude that autogeny rates are consistently high in Oc. vigilax from the southeast Queensland region.
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