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How do rare mosquito borne diseases get transmitted if they are so rare?

I recently read a somewhat alarmist notice by the state board of health in NH who claimed that some man had tested positive for Jamestown Canyon virus, a rare disease even in its natural environment ...
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What to eat/drink to become unattractive for mosquitoes?

Is there any diet which would repel mosquitoes away from me? The only article I found on the internet recommends eating: 1-2 prongs of garlic daily lemonade cauliflowers and broccoli legumes https:...
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Are there parasitoids of mosquitoes ? (other than nematodes)

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 ...
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What is the highest range mosquito can be detected via Microphone?

Just wondering when a mosquito attack at night I can hear it around my head, shoulders upper corps. Is it any statistic how far our ears or a microphone could detect it is nearby?
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Possible to breed human-adverse mosquitoes?

Some time ago I read a paper on fruit flies, in which the researchers bred a population of flies to avoid a particular fruit. They did this by exposing the flies to two different types of food (say, ...
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Are mosquitoes actually louder than similar flying insects, or have we evolved to hear them?

I've come across many flying insects smaller than the common housefly, but (anecdotally) the only such species that I can hear from an appreciable distance away is the mosquito, with its distinctive ...
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Do mosquitos vary in toxicity?

I already had a question about dealing with mosquitos: Really virulent mosquitos - dealing with them and their bites But this question is about whether they really do vary in virulence and toxicity. ...
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What species is this mosquito-like insect?

I found this in my room in Serbia. It's not a local type of mosquito that I'm familiar with, so I'm very interested. It flies like a fly but it looks like some kind of mosquito. I am looking forward ...
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Can insects or mosquitoes be astonished(shocked)?

Can insects like mosquitoes get astonished by sudden happenings? Background I missed hitting a mosquito on a wall with great force. However even though I missed hitting it, it was dead. So I wonder ...
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what is the active ingredient in cymbopogon citratus that repels mosquitoes?

We are doing a project about mosquito repellants using lemongrass, cymbopogon citratus. But, based on our researches online, it stated that it was all a hoax and a better alternative is its cousin ...
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Do antibodies to an arbovirus in a bloodmeal reduce vector competence?

When we conduct mosquito infection studies we typically mix blood and virus rather than using viraemic blood from naturally infected hosts. I'm looking for a paper I read some years ago which ...
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Assays for protein or lipid content of insect pupae

Does anyone have any recommendations (based on personal experience) for rapid, cheap, accurate assays for estimating protein & lipid content of individual insect (mosquito) pupae? So far I've ...
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Veritasium video about mosquitoes

In the recent veritasium video about mosquitoes , the host says that the researchers used identical female twins and fraternal female twins to understand the effect of genes on attractiveness to ...
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Have some humans evolved to be less attractive to mosquitoes?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38gVZgE39K8 at 10:10 minutes in the video. It has been found out that single letter differences in people's genomes at specific locations have affected their ...
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How does the “giant mosquito”, Psorophora ciliata manifest it's “aggresive and vicious” behavior?

On Psorophora ciliata Wikipedia states: Not only are these mosquitoes vicious and aggressive towards humans and other animals as adults but, P. ciliata larvae are known for preying on other ...
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How did mosquitoes expand their habitations to a place they never lived before?

So, in the region I live, we have some sort of like a "mosquito zone", spanning for thousands of Kilometres, this is the place where you will normally find lots of mosquitoes, and this has been so for ...
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Breeding mosquitoes at lower temperature

It is well known fact that, to slow down the growth of drosophila, they are grown at 18-19 degree Celsius. It helps in maintaining stocks for longer time without frequent change of food. Is it ...
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Do adult mosquitoes have color preferences?

Do adult mosquitoes get particularly attracted or repelled by any colour, or darkness or light? If so, what are they?
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Why are insects unafraid when you tap at them from the other side of glass?

In the summer months we frequently try and kill mosquitos in our home. They are tremendously skittish and get airborne pretty quickly as you approach them. However, if they land on a piece of glass (a ...
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How would infection of mosquitos with sterilizing bacteria have any effect?

According to this article from the New York Post, the US just approved the mass release of male mosquitos infected with a bacteria that sterilizes them. The idea, according to the article and some ...
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How do sporozoites travel into the human host when the mosquito is sucking blood?

I mean how are the sporozoites able to swim in the reverse direction of blood flow through the proboscis of the mosquito into the human body?
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How to differentiate male and female mosquitoes at pupal stage?

There are many differences between male and female mosquitoes in their adult stage. But for my experiment, I need mosquitoes before they mate. So I need to sort them before they develop in to an adult....
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What is the reproductive success of a biting mosquito?

Female mosquito can lay ~50-100 eggs in each batch. It takes some time between the hatch and until the time the female mosquito bits. During this time many of them will die. What is the average ...
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How exactly do mosquitoes navigate directly on target?

There is a question on mosquito orientation in darkness, however the answer does not address it very specifically and I'm more interested in mosquito ability to lock on target than general navigation. ...