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Immature specimens of Culicidae (Diptera) found in installed recipients in forest fragments in the Londrina, Paraná, Brazil

João A. C. Zequi José Lopes Ísis M. Medri About the authors

Forest fragments in an urban area were found to be a situable site for Culicidae breeding. This research aims to inventory the Culicidae species that use artificial breeding sites, their coexistence, and the population variation in a fragment forest in the Londrina City, Paraná State. Biweekly collecting efforts were performed from October 1995 to September 1996 using tires and bamboo internodes traps installed at a ground level and bamboo internodes traps at two 2 m height. A total of 12,656 culicid specimens belonging to five genus and 11 species were collected. The most abundant species in those artificial breeding sites were Limatus durhami Theobald, 1901, Culex eduardoi Couple & Garcia, 1968, Aedes terrens (Walker, 1856), Culex quinquefasciatus Say, 1823 and Aedes albopictus. (Skuse, 1894). The greatest number of individuals was collect in tires and Limatus durhami and Aedes terrens, showed a preference to the breeding sites. The capture of Aedes aegypti (Linnaeus, 1762), Aedes albopictus and Haemagogus leucocelaenus (Dyar & Shannon, 1924) in different collections efforts indicates that this kind of environment must be taken in account in the vector control actions and constantly monitored.

Bamboo; breeding sites; forest fragments; tire; vectors


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