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Abstract

Aedes bahamensis: its invasion of south Florida and association with Aedes aegypti.

Abstract

The exotic mosquito A. bahamensis is now well-established in south Florida, where it is widely distributed throughout Dade and southern Brownard Counties in both urban and rural areas east of the Everglades. When discarded automobile tyres were sampled in areas near human habitation, larvae and pupae of A. bahamensis were frequently found in association with immature A. aegypti. Elsewhere, however, A. bahamensis generally occurred in the absence of A. aegypti. The persistence of A. bahamensis populations at specific sites was documented in egg collections from oviposition traps and in larval samples from the water retained in discarded tyres.