Flight distance of mosqitoes

Asked January 3, 2013, 10:33 AM EST

On the University of Colorado website, it gives flight distances for mosquitoes. I am hoping that you can direct me to the source of that information.

Outside United States

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I am not familiar with the page on the Colorado Extension website.

The following page Mosquito Management http://www.ext.colostate.edu/westnile/mosquito_mgt.html -- has a lot of information about vectors of West Nile Virus, but not much about specific mosquito flight distances.

There is a lot of 'old' research from the 1955 to 1971 on mosquito flight distances. Use scholar.google.com to access the abstracts. A more recent study from the Journal of Medical Entomology article discusses the flight dispersal distance of Culex species in New York in 2007 and 2008.

Journal of Medical Entomology 49(1):35-42. 2012

"doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1603/ME11077 Dispersal of Culex Mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) from a Wastewater Treatment Facility
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Alexander T. Ciota,1,2 Cori L. Drummond,1 Meghan A. Ruby,1 Jason Drobnack,1 Gregory D. Ebel,3and Laura D. Kramer1,2,4,51 The Arbovirus Laboratories, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health, 5668 State Farm Road Slingerlands, NY 12159.2 Department of Biological Sciences, State University of New York at Albany, Albany, NY 12144.3 Health Sciences Center, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 87131–0001.4 Department of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health, State University of New York at Albany, NY 12144.
5 Corresponding author, e-mail: ldk02@health.state.ny.us.


A mark-recapture project examined dispersal and flight distances of Culex mosquitoes from a wastewater treatment plant in Albany, NY, during 2007 and 2008. A self-marking device was constructed to mark egressing mosquitoes with fluorescent marking powder. Mosquitoes were recaptured using 30 CDC miniature light traps located within a 2.0 km radius of the marking site. A total of 13 and 10 marked Culex mosquitoes were recaptured in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Culex mosquitoes traveled a minimum of 0.16 km, a maximum of 1.98 km and, following correction for decreasing trap density with distance, had a mean distance traveled of 1.33 km. Characterizing the dispersal patterns of these mosquitoes is important for understanding the distribution of West Nile virus and other pathogens."

If you are looking for Colorado specific information you might try contacting
Frank Peairs at the Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management
Colorado State University. He may have more Colorado specific information -species and dispersal distances.


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970-491-5945 office
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