Undergraduate biology major Anna Manges authored an article on water mite parasitism of the Asian tiger mosquito and Asian bush mosquito.
The paper was coauthored by biology professor Tom Simmons and Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Vector Management scientist Mike Hutchinson, and published this month in the Journal of Medical Entomology.
discovery of water mites parasitizing these two invasive mosquito species is significant because they are competent vectors of arboviruses (e.g., West Nile virus) that impact public health. Furthermore, water mites have been shown to reduce the lifespan
and egg production of their mosquito hosts and have been considered as biocontrol agents. The study is featured in Entomology Today, published online by the Entomological Society of America.
Photo credit Michael Hutchinson: Larval mite parasitizing Asian bush mosquito
Department of Biology