Richard L Escher

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The Asian Tiger Mosquito Aedes albopictus arrived in the USA in 1985 in used automobile tires from Japan and became established in Texas. This species has since spread to become the most abundant container-inhabiting mosquito in the southeastern USA, including Florida, where it has reduced the range of another non-indigenous mosquito, Aedes aegypti. To(More)
The superior larval competitive ability of Aedes albopictus has been proposed to explain the recent displacement of Aedes aegyptiby the former species inparts of the southeastern U.S. Ae. aegypti persists, however, in sympatry with Ae. albopictus in urban areas of southern Louisiana, Florida, and Texas, and the impact of larval competition between these(More)
We identified, staged and counted the immature stages of mosquitoes from 1,826 censuses (with replacement) of the aquatic contents of ten treeholes surveyed every 2 weeks between 1978 and 1993. These time series were used to examine the population dynamics and effect on prey of the predatory mosquito Toxorhynchites rutilus. The mean annual frequency of(More)
Within 2 yr of the arrival of the invasive container mosquito Aedes albopictus (Skuse), the previously dominant invasive mosquito Aedes aegypti (L.) disappeared from many Florida cemeteries. At some cemeteries, however, Ae. aegypti populations seem stable despite Ae. albopictus invasion. We sought to understand this variation in the outcome (exclusion,(More)
Pupal sexes of the most common mosquito species were determined in the course of biweekly censuses (with replacement) of the contents of 3-7 tree holes from 1980-2003 in Vero Beach, FL. A significant (P < 0.001) male bias was detected over this period for the most abundant species, Aedes triseriatus. No significant deviation from a 1:1 sex ratio was(More)
The requirement of more than one blood meal to complete a gonotrophic cycle is reported here to be infrequent among field-collected Anopheles (Nyssorhynchus), including Anopheles darlingi, South America's most important malaria vector. The overall frequencies of host-seeking females that did not develop eggs after one blood feeding were low for Anopheles(More)
The success of an invasive species becoming established in a new region often depends on its interactions with ecologically similar resident species. The propensity of the newly-established mosquito Aedes japonicus to inhabit rock pools throughout the eastern United States provides a natural setting for interspecific larval competition with the native Aedes(More)
Five CO2-baited light traps operated fortnightly between November 1989 and May 1991 near a salt marsh in Vero Beach, FL, caught 1,961 Anopheles crucians Wiedemann (s.l.) and 691 An. atropos Dyar & Knab. Both species were most abundant in winter and least abundant in summer; their numbers correlated inversely with lagged mean ambient temperatures. Annual(More)
Female Aedes albopictus, F2-F3 descendents from individuals collected as immatures at 6 geographic sites in the USA during 2008, exposed to short daylengths (10 h of light and 14 h of darkness at 21 degrees C) laid eggs in diapause, whose frequency depended upon population origin. Diapause responses in northern Florida and Illinois were strong, as had been(More)
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