Oviposition of Culex pipiens in water at different temperatures

B. I. Gillespie, P. Belton


At 20C air temperature, female <i>Culex pipiens</i> L. laid the greatest number of egg rafts at water temperatures between 20 and 25C. They laid very few at 15 or 35C even when given no alternative site. The possibility is discussed of manipulating temperature in a mosquito control programme.


<i>Culex pipiens</i>

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