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Outside of nematodes, are there any examples of organisms that are parasitoids of mosquitoes ?

I could not find any example in literature so far. I'm notably interested to know if the most known mosquito genera (Aedes, Anopheles, Culex...) have already been described to be parasitized by other insects (e. g. parasitoid wasps), and if this is a common phenomenon in nature.

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It happens I just found an answer to my question in a recent review book by George Heimpel and Nicolas Mills. It appears that for now we do not know any parasitoid of mosquitoes.

Quoting chapter 1 :

"Most insect herbivore species are attacked by one or more parasitoid species, but some major arthropod pest groups appear to be entirely free of parasitoid attack. For instance, we know of no parasitoids that attack mosquitoes or other biting flies with aquatic larval stages, and no parasitoids that attack phytophagous mites or adelgids."

Source:
Heimpel, G., & Mills, N. (2017). Definitions and Interactions. In Biological Control: Ecology and Applications (pp. 1-18). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781139029117.003

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