Temporal dynamics of mating and predation in mosquito swarms

  title={Temporal dynamics of mating and predation in mosquito swarms},
  author={Boaz Yuval and Amos Bouskila},
We determined the numbers of copulations and predatory attacks in swarms ofAnopheles freeborni (Diptera: Culicidae), and the distribution of these events throughout the duration of the swarming period each day. On 19 evenings of observation, we recorded 2724 copulating pairs leaving swarms and 1351 dragonfly (Pantala hymenaea andErythemis collocata) attacks. Mating activity partially coincided with predator activity. Most copulations occurred between 10 and 20 min after the swarms formed, while… 

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