Scott, Walter E. (ed.) / Wisconsin Academy review
Vol. 3, No. 4 (Fall 1956)
Dicke, Robert J.
Pest mosquitoes in Wisconsin, pp. 150-153
150 Wisconsin Academy Review PEST MOSQUITOES IN WISCONSIN By Robert J. Dicke Department of Entomology, UW Altogether, there are some 36 species in Wisconsin's mosquito fauna representing only about 28% of all the species described for America north of Mexico. This is a relatively small group of insects for the entire State compared with Charles Fluke's 200 or more syrphid flies or Roy Shenefelt's 450 ichneumonids. But probably as much has been written about the bionomics and taxonomy of the mos- quito family as for any other group, and with good reason. For among the Culicidae, or mosquitoes, are the dreaded carriers of malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis (equine and human), filariasis and dengue fever, and some of the most annoying blood sucking parasites of man and his domesticated animals. Fortunately, very few of our species are actually enemies of man. Only one of our five species of Anopheles is a vector of malaria, and she (only f emale mosquitoes are blood sucking parasites) is confined as a problem to a narrow strip of lowland along the Mississippi River. Some of them, such as the huge but harmless Psorophora ciliata, are predators on other mosquitoes during the larval or I 150 Wisconsin Academy Review
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