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Volume 64, Issue 4


Seasonal dynamics of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in Osijek (Croatia) for the period 1995–2004

Mirta Bogojević / Enrih Merdić / Nataša Turić / Željka Jeličić / Željko Zahirović / Ivana Vrućina / Sanja Merdić
Published Online: 2009-07-17 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-009-0138-z


The ten year research (1995–2004) of adult mosquitoes in the area of Osijek by dry ice baited CDC traps has provided significant information on mosquito species, species prevalence, their dynamics and seasonal activity. A total of 207,136 adult mosquitoes comprising twenty species belonging to the following genera: Anopheles, Ochlerotatus, Aedes, Culex, Coquillettidia, Culiseta and Uranotaenia were collected. The seven most common species collected during this study were: Aedes vexans (75.6%), Ochlerotatus sticticus (13.3%), Culex pipiens complex (5.9%), Anopheles maculipennis complex (1.9%), Oc. cantans (0.9%), Oc. caspius (0.6%) and Oc. excrucians (0.6%). The temporal changes in the relative abundance of the twenty mosquito species in the Osijek area were reflected in three peaks: in May, July and September. Seasonal population dynamics differed between years and between mosquito species in relation to wetland, urban and forest habitats and was influenced by water level of the Drava and the Danube rivers.

Keywords: mosquitoes; seasonal dynamics; Aedes vexans; CDC trap; water level

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Published Online: 2009-07-17

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Citation Information: Biologia, Volume 64, Issue 4, Pages 760–767, ISSN (Online) 1336-9563, ISSN (Print) 0006-3088, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s11756-009-0138-z.

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