Development and oviposition preferences of field collected Aedes albopictus based on different water characteristics

Nazri Che Dom, Megat Azman Megat Mokhtar, Cornellia Tata Australia

Abstract


Aedes species are rapidly adapting to environmental changes which subsequently changing the preferences for their breeding. In the present study, evaluation of the larval development and oviposition preferences of field collected Aedes albopictus was carried out based on different water characteristic. The eggs of Ae. albopictus and the water samples were collected in UiTM Puncak Alam areas. The types of water samples used in this study were (i) distilled water (WT1), (ii) seasoned tap water (WT2), (iii) pond water (WT3), and (iv) drain water (WT4). Each types of water was sampled and tested by controlling the presence and absence of larvae food in the experiment. Development of immature stages in pond and drain water with the presence of food showed fast growth compared to the other types of water. Hatching rate was observed to be higher in all types of water with the presence of food. Oviposition preferences showed a significant difference between water. The data generated from this study was important as a baseline data in development and oviposition for dengue vector control especially on the possibility and ability of Ae. albopictus to survive in specific water types as breeding sites.


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Aedes albopictus, Development, Oviposition, Water characteristics

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.11113/mjfas.v15n2019.1127

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