Blood Meal Identification from Florida Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae)

Stacey L. Watts, Daniel M. Fitzpatrick, James E. Maruniak

Abstract


Mosquitoes from different species endemic to North Florida were collected over a 12-month period, and blood meal analyses were conducted on engorged females to determine the range of vertebrate hosts each species fed on. Thirty-one mosquito blood meals from 6 mosquito species were identified, and blood meal hosts identified included horse, cow, armadillo, deer, raccoon, rabbit, and owl. Several mosquitoes captured in the study should be considered potential bridge vectors for encephalitis viruses considering their ubiquity, their preference for mammalian blood meals, and their competence as viral vectors.Translation provided by the authors.

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