Contribution of shed leaf sheaths of areca nut palms and domestic containers as breeding habitats of Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus (Skuse), 1894: a comparative study from Wayanad district, Kerala, India.
During a survey from June to September 2018 in Wayanad district of Kerala Aedes albopictus breeding was observed in shed leaf sheaths of areca nut palms and domestic containers. While 15. 3% of leaf sheaths supported Aedes albopictus, it was 35.0% in the case of domestic containers. Aedes chrysolineatus was the dominant breeder in leaf sheaths (51.4%). Besides Aedes albopictus, five other species viz., Aedes chrysolineatus, Armigeres aureolineatus, Armigeres subalbatus, Culex quinquefasciatus and Heizmannia chandi also bred in leaf sheaths. In domestic containers Aedes albopictus was the dominant breeder. Another 10 species viz., Aedes chrysolineatus, Aedes vittatus, Armigeres aureolineatus, Armigeres subalbatus, Culex brevipalpis, Culex quinquefasciatusn, Culex uniformis, Heizmannia chandi, Lutzia fuscanus and Toxorhynchites splendens were also found breeding in domestic containers.