Seasonal abundance of Culex tarsalis and Culex pipiens complex mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) in California

Chris Barker, Bruce F. Eldridge, William Reisen

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Large-scale patterns in the seasonal abundance profiles of the arboviral mosquito vectors Culex tarsalis Coquillett and the species of the Culex pipiens complex were described based on a decade of counts from 868 New Jersey light traps located throughout the urban and agricultural areas of California. Mean seasonal abundance profiles varied markedly among hydrologic regions. For all species, abundance increased earlier and declined later in drier, warmer southern regions, but variation could not be explained fully by latitude. The observed patterns may be driven by temperature, availability of larval habitats, and for the Cx. pipiens complex, the taxonomic composition of local populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)759-768
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Medical Entomology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2010



  • California
  • Culex pipiens
  • Culex quinquefasciatus
  • Culex tarsalis
  • seasonality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • veterinary(all)
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases

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