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1 June 2010 Feeding Response of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles dirus (Diptera: Culicidae) Using Out-of-Date Human Blood in a Membrane Feeding Apparatus
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The colonization of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles dirus was performed using out-of-date human blood from a blood bank as a nutritional supply dispensed from a common artificial feeder. Preserved human blood was collected and used for feeding on days 5, 15, and 25 after date of expiration and dispensed from a common artificial feeder to rear the mosquitoes. Ae. aegypti had a feeding rate of 78.7, 62, and 18% at the respective intervals while An. dirus had a rate of 80, 56.8, and 7.3% on the same respective days. Direct feeding on live hamsters resulted in a rate of 96 and 90% for Ae. aegypti and An. dirus, respectively. Although egg production rates decreased from the day 5 feeding to the day 25 feeding, all of the developmental stages resulting from An. dirus fed at day 5 and 15 showed insignificant differences when compared with direct feeding on the blood of a hamster.

Jinrapa Pothikasikorn, Rapee Boonplueang, Chalermchai Suebsaeng, Rungpetch Khaengraeng, and Theeraphap Chareonviriyaphap "Feeding Response of Aedes aegypti and Anopheles dirus (Diptera: Culicidae) Using Out-of-Date Human Blood in a Membrane Feeding Apparatus," Journal of Vector Ecology 35(1), 149-155, (1 June 2010). https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1948-7134.2010.00071.x
Received: 26 October 2009; Accepted: 1 March 2010; Published: 1 June 2010
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