Mosquitoes Feeding on Insect Larvae

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Science  11 Apr 1969:
Vol. 164, Issue 3876, pp. 184-185
DOI: 10.1126/science.164.3876.184


Caged Aedes aegypti and Culex tarsalis are attracted to insect larvae, engorge on their body fluids, and produce viable eggs. Attractiveness of the larvae is related to their size, shape, and color but not to their movement. The possibility that wild mosquitoes substitute insect hemolymph for vertebrate blood is discussed.

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