Encyclopedia of Entomology

2008 Edition
| Editors: John L. Capinera

Mosquito Oviposition

  • Christopher Tipping
  • Richard G. Weber
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-6359-6_4699

The larval stages of the Culicidae are exclusively aquatic. Therefore, gravid females must seek oviposition sites that are aquatic or will become aquatic in the future. Some of these sites include temporary woodland pools, tree and crab holes, man made containers such as abandoned automobile tires, phytotelmata, moist soil in low lying areas that readily become flooded as well as a great variety of other aquatic environments.

Mosquitoes maximize their reproductive potential by using habitats that are of differing resource richness and this use depends heavily on how quickly batches of eggs are matured by the female. The larvae of mosquitoes are filter feeders, browsers, and predators that utilize the microorganisms and other organic matter present in the water they inhabit. Mosquitoes deposit their eggs either singly or in floating masses that are referred to as “rafts.” The mosquitoes that mature and deposit most or all of their eggs at one time usually do so in the form of rafts or...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christopher Tipping
    • 1
  • Richard G. Weber
    • 2
  1. 1.Delaware Valley CollegeDoylestownUSA
  2. 2.University of DelawareNewarkUSA