An Artificial Feeding Procedure for Aedes Aegypti using Sucrose as a Stimulant

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  • Department of Entomology, The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven 4, Connecticut

Summary

The preference indexes of several chemically defined sugar solutions were determined for adult female Aedes aegypti. These mosquitoes not only engorged on a solution of sucrose, the preferred sugar, but also fed to repletion on unattractive test preparations when supplemented with this disaccharide. This information was utilized in the development of a simple feeding procedure for this insect which would provide sizeable numbers of engorged mosquitoes.

Author Notes

Present address: Division of Medical Entomology, Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, Baltimore 5, Maryland.

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