Growth and development of Aedes aegypti larvae at limiting food concentrations

Tal Levi, Eitan Ben-Dov, Preeti Shahi, Dov Borovsky, Arieh Zaritsky

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Mosquitoes have a complex life-cycle with dramatic changes in shape, function, and habitat. Aedes aegypti was studied by growing individual larvae at different concentrations of a defined rich food source. At higher food concentrations, rate of larval growth was faster, but the time required for 4th instar larvae to molt into the pupal stage was unexpectedly extended. These opposite tendencies resulted in constant times from hatching to pupation and up to adult eclosion at permissive food concentrations. The results demonstrate that nutritional conditions of 4th instar larvae impact initiation of the first metamorphic molt.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-44
Number of pages3
JournalActa Tropica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 May 2014


  • Aedes aegypti
  • Food limitation
  • Mortality
  • Mosquito development
  • Timing of pupation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Veterinary (miscellaneous)
  • Insect Science
  • Infectious Diseases


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