Volume 33, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Primarily in order to facilitate future studies on venereal transmission of La Crosse encephalitis virus by , tests were conducted to identify conditions that maximize insemination rates in caged populations of derived from field-collected eggs. All tests were conducted at 21°C ± 1°C, which is approximately the mean temperature during July and August in southwestern Wisconsin where La Crosse virus is endemic. Non-bloodfed females exposed on their 5th through 8th day of adult life showed little sexual receptivity to either 5- to 6-day-old males or 8- to 9-day-old males. F females were no more receptive than their mothers had been at a similar age. Mean insemination rates did not exceed 32.6% in any of these age combinations at sex ratios ranging from 4 males: 1 female-1 male: 4 females. Mean insemination rates ranged as high as 89.0% when non-bloodfed females were exposed on their 9th through 12th day of adult life to 5- to 6-day-old males in a 4 male: 1 female ratio. In females given a bloodmeal on their 4th day of life and exposed on their 5th through 8th day to 5- to 6-day-old males, mean insemination rates ranged as high as 91.7% at a ratio of 2 males: 1 female.


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