IUBio Biosequences .. Software .. Molbio soft .. Network News .. FTP

What do mosquitoes eat?

Steve Meshnick meshnick at sph.umich.edu
Tue Jan 10 08:52:11 EST 1995

		 Here is a general answer to the question:
     Only female mosquitoes take blood meals.  Males never do.  Males eat
plant materials such as nectar.  Females do as well.   Females are
supposed to take blood meals only at a certain point in their lifecycle,
when they are a few days away from laying their eggs (and the blood
provides iron for the eggs.)
	   Now I'd like to ask a related question.  Does anyone know exactly
what plant materials each of the Anopheline vectors eat (i.e., A.
gambiae)?  I should think this would be important and it might provide
clues for: 1) trapping mosquitoes and 2) site-specific insecticide
application.  I was told by a botanist once that the mosquito proboscis
is adapted to sucking from xylem and phloem (as well as capillaries).  
	Steve Meshnick

More information about the Parasite mailing list

Send comments to us at biosci-help [At] net.bio.net