Culex tarsalis Coquillett is a common evening pest mosquito throughout the summer in most of temperate Western North America. Present evidence indicates this mosquito as the principal naturally infected vector of western equine encephalomyeltic (WEE) viruses. Certain interrelationships of WEE epidemiology and tarsalis bionomics are basically understood; however, in areas where winters are severe little is know of tarsalis hibernation, and the survival mechanism for WEE viruses in unknown. The purpose of this study, conducted from 1 September 1959 to 20 May 1960, was to gather ecological information on the hibernation of Culex tarsalis in Utah Valley, and secondly to collect pools of hibernating tarsalis and determine the index of infection, in any by WEE viruses.
College and Department
Life Sciences; Plant and Wildlife Sciences
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Trent, Dennis W., "Observations on the hibernation of Culex tarsalis Coquillett in Utah Valley, Utah" (1960). Theses and Dissertations. 7907.
Mosquitoes, Utah; Insects, Utah