Futurity.org – Dengue may rise if rival mosquitoes don’t matePosted: March 4, 2013
But yellow fever mosquitoes are believed to be more efficient than Asian tigers at transmitting pathogens to people.
A paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes laboratory experiments suggesting that female yellow fever mosquitoes may develop an ability to spurn advances from Asian tiger males.
“We don’t know that they are better able to discriminate between males of their own species and Asian tigers,” says Phil Lounibos, professor of entomology at the University of Florida and one of the paper’s authors. “What we can say is, females from colonies that have a history of exposure to Asian tiger males are less likely to mate with Asian tiger males.”