Volume 26, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Blood-engorged , and mosquitoes were collected principally by sweep net from salt marsh and woodland habitats in Connecticut. Of the 570 mosquitoes tested, precipitin tests identified the origins of 517 blood meals and revealed distinct host feeding patterns. mosquitoes fed chiefly on mammals; , and showed selectivity for cattle and(or) horses. also obtained blood from avian hosts and, in some instances, showed mixed passerine-mammal blood meals. These findings increase the vector potential of this salt marsh mosquito for eastern equine encephalomyelitis virus. Feedings on deer by suggest potential involvement of this mosquito in the transmission of certain subtypes of California encephalitis. , and acquired blood almost exclusively from passeriform birds.


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