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BESERRA, Eduardo B. and CASTRO JR, Francisco P. de. Compared biology of populations of Aedes (Stegomyia) aegypti (L.) (Diptera: Culicidae) of Paraíba state, Brazil. Neotrop. entomol. [online]. 2008, vol.37, n.1, pp. 81-85. ISSN 1519-566X. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1519-566X2008000100012.
The present work aims at comparing the life cycle and estimating, based on life tables, the patterns of fertility of populations of A. aegypti (L.). The life cycles were studied at the temperature of 26 ± 2ºC, and 12h photophase. The development period, egg viability and larval and pupal survival were evaluated daily as well as adult longevity and fecundity. Tables of fertility life were built. The durations of egg, larva and pupa stages varied from 3,9 to 4,5 days, from 6,4 to 8,3 days and from 2,0 to 2,5 days, respectively. The life table parameters for A. aegypti from Brejo dos Santos, Boqueirão, Itaporanga and Remígio, being, respectively, Ro = 104,03, 84,58, 113,37 and 91,18; rm = 0,92, 0,78, 0,89 and 0,88; and l = 2,50, 2,18, 2,43 and 2,41. The populations of Brejo dos Santos and Itaporanga had the biggest potential of growth in relation to the other populations. The results showed a differentiated pattern of growth and a biotical potential in the populations of A. aegypti originated from different municipal districts of the state of Paraíba.
Keywords : Insecta; vector; aedini; biological cycle; life table.