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1 January 2003 Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) Inhabiting Waste Tires in Nicholas County, West Virginia
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Larvae of 12 mosquito species were collected from abandoned tire piles at peridomestic and forested sites in Nicholas County, WV, from March through November of 2001. No larvae were found in March, but the numbers of species increased to 10 by July and remained relatively constant, at 9–11 in any given month, throughout November. Larvae of Ochlerotatus triseriatus (Say), the most commonly encountered species in every month of collection, were significantly more likely to be found in forested tire pile sites. Conversely, Culex restuans Theobald, Anopheles punctipennis (Say), Cx. territans Walker, and Aedes albopictus (Skuse) larvae were significantly more likely to be found in peridomestic tire piles. Larvae of the remaining seven species were either found in equal proportions at peridomestic and woodland sites, or there were too few collections to make statistical inferences. Opportunities for competitive interactions between Ae. albopictus and Oc. triseriatus in Nicholas County would be minimized because the peak occurrence of the two species differ temporally and spatially.

JAMES E. JOY, Afif A. Hanna, and Brooke A. Kennedy "Spatial and Temporal Variation in the Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) Inhabiting Waste Tires in Nicholas County, West Virginia," Journal of Medical Entomology 40(1), 73-77, (1 January 2003). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585-40.1.73
Received: 19 February 2002; Accepted: 1 July 2002; Published: 1 January 2003
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