Volume 79, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


Reptiles and amphibians constitute a significant portion of vertebrate biomass in terrestrial ecosystems and may be important arbovirus reservoirs. To investigate mosquito preference for ectothermic hosts, feeding indices were calculated from data collected in Tuskegee National Forest, Alabama, USA. Four mosquito species fed upon ectothermic hosts, with and feeding primarily upon ectotherms. These two species appeared to target distinct species with little overlap in host choice. was a generalist in its feeding patterns within ectotherms, and appeared to be a more specialized feeder. Six of eleven ectotherm species fed upon by were fed upon more often than predicted based upon abundance. Spring peepers were highly preferred over other host species by . Blood meals taken from each host species varied temporally, with some hosts being targeted fairly evenly throughout the season and others being fed upon in seasonal peaks.


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  • Received : 09 May 2008
  • Accepted : 26 Jul 2008

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