Void Entry by Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes Is Lower Than Would Be Expected by a Randomized Search.

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Summary of "Void Entry by Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) Mosquitoes Is Lower Than Would Be Expected by a Randomized Search."

Insects enter every passible space on the planet. Despite our best efforts, flying insects infiltrate slightly open windows in domiciles, automobiles, storage spaces, and more. Is this ubiquitous experience a consequence of insect abundance and probability, or are flying insects adept at detecting passageways? There remains a lack of understanding of insect effectiveness in finding passage through the voids and imperfections in physical barriers in response to attractants, a topic particularly critical to the area of insect-borne disease control. In this study, we recorded the passage of Aedes aegytpi mosquitoes through voids in vertically oriented bed net fabrics within a cylindrical flight arena. We model the probability mosquitoes will discover and navigate the void in response to a physical attractant by observing their search behavior and quantifying the region within a void that is physically navigable, constrained by body size. Void passage rates were lower than that would be expected by purely randomized search behaviors and decline rapidly as the void diameter approaches the in-flight width of the insect.


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Name: Journal of insect science (Online)
ISSN: 1536-2442


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