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Family Culicidae - Mosquitoes

The Mosquitoes of British Columbia
By Peter Belton
British Columbia Provincial Museum, Victoria BC, 1983
Handbook covering 46 mosquito species in 5 genera recorded in British Columbia at the time of publication. Includes illustrated keys to adults and larvae, text descriptions, and information on biology, habitat, distribution, control, and miscellaneous remarks.

Available online as 188pp PDF document but all pages are photocopies, so text cannot be searched. Author Peter Belton is a retired professor at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC.

Evaluation of seasonal feeding patterns of West Nile virus vectors in Bernalillo Co., NM: implications for disease transmission.
By Lujan et al.
J Med Entomol. 51(1): 264-268., 2014
Lujan DA, Greenberg JA, Hung AS, Dimenna MA, Hofkin BV. 2014. Evaluation of seasonal feeding patterns of West Nile virus vectors in Bernalillo county, New Mexico, United States: implications for disease transmission. J Med Entomol. 51(1): 264-268.

Many mosquito species take bloodmeals predominantly from either birds or mammals. Other mosquito species are less host-specific and feed readily on both. Furthermore, some species tend to alter their feeding patterns over the course of the year; early in the mosquito season such species may feed primarily on a particular host type, and subsequently take an increasingly larger proportion of their bloodmeals from an alternative host type as the season progresses.

Effect of temperature on life history traits during immature development of Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus (Culicidae)
By Grech et al.
Acta Tropica 146: 1-6., 2015
Full Abstract

Grech MG, Sartor PD, Almirón WR, Ludueña-Almeida FF. 2015. Effect of temperature on life history traits during immature development of Aedes aegypti and Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae) from Córdoba city, Argentina. Acta Tropica 146: 1-6.

Abstract (part)
Development times of all larval and pupal stages of Ae. aegypti and Cx. quinquefasciatus were significantly affected by the rearing temperatures, decreasing when temperature increased. Mean Ae. aegypti total (larva+pupa) development time ranged from 21.9 to 8.6 days, at 15.2 and 25.3°C, whereas, for [i]Cx.

Mosquitoes of the southeastern United States
By Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena
The University of Alabama Press. xiii + 188 pp., 2013
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Mosquitoes of the Southeastern United States is a full-color, highly illustrated guide to the sixty-four known species of mosquitoes in eleven genera that populate the Southeast [defined here as MS-n.FL-NC-TN]

This book’s usefulness to mosquito control programs in the Southeast and beyond cannot be overstated. Not only for native species, but for new species introduced from exotic locales, mosquitoes must be properly identified in order to know how best to control them. This volume will also be valuable to medical and public health specialists working on mosquito-borne diseases, such as malaria, dengue, yellow fever, West Nile virus, and filariasis.

Handbook of the Mosquitoes of North America, 2nd Ed.
By Matheson, R.
Hafner Publishing Company, NY. viii + 314 pp., 1966
Matheson, R. 1966[1944]. Handbook of the Mosquitoes of North America, (2nd Ed). Hafner Publishing Company, NY. viii + 314 pp.

The Culicidae (Diptera): a review of taxonomy, classification and phylogeny
By R.E. Harbach
Zootaxa 1668: 591–638, 2007

The Mosquitoes of Canada
By D.M. Wood, P.T. Dang, and R.A. Ellis
Canadian Government Publishing Services, 1979
Very comprehensive volume, with both ID keys, species descriptions, range data, references, and diagrams of larvae and adults. Full text Online:

Mosquitoes of North America (North of Mexico)
By Stanley J. Carpenter, Walter J. Lacasse
Univ of California Pr, 1974
This book has some of the best diagrams of adult female mosquitoes that have been done. Another book out of press and sorely in need of reissue.
This book is a great companion to Darsie and Ward(1) and you usually find photocopies of the plates in evidence wherever adult mosquitoes are identified.