The biology of blood-sucking in insects

  title={The biology of blood-sucking in insects},
  author={Michael J. Lehane},
  • M. Lehane
  • Published 16 May 1991
  • Biology, Medicine
1. The importance of blood-sucking insects 2. The evolution of the blood-sucking habit 3. Feeding preferences of blood-sucking insects 4. Location of the host 5. Ingestion of the blood meal 6. Managing the blood meal 7. Host-insect interactions 8. Transmission of parasites by blood-sucking insects 9. The blood-sucking insect groups. 
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Insect-transmitted pathogens may have the greatest capability to spread rapidly through a susceptible host population, particularly when an animal reservoir is involved.
Regulation of a Meal: Blood Feeders
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Adaptations against heme toxicity in blood-feeding arthropods.
Mechanics of Food Handling by Fluid-Feeding Insects
A rich tradition in comparative anatomy and behavior has placed less emphasis on the common features in fluid feeding that are likely to result from the basic physical processes of moving fluid from the external environment to the inside of the insect.
Proteases of haematophagous arthropod vectors are involved in blood-feeding, yolk formation and immunity - a review
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    Journal of the Royal Army Medical Corps
  • 1995
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The Behaviour of Kissing Bugs
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  • Biology
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An Apparatus for Observations on the Feeding Mechanism of the Flea
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Interaction between blood-sucking arthropods and their hosts, and its influence on vector potential.
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Visual ecology of biting flies.
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The feeding habits of Glossina.
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  • Medicine, Biology
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  • 1963
The feeding patterns are characteristic for each species of tsetse fly and do not appear to depend entirely on the availability of different hosts, suggesting that the feeding habits of Glossina are genetically determined.
Host-mediated competition in a bloodsucking insect community
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The ecology of ectoparasitic insects.
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Blood-Feeding Requirements of the Mosquito: Geographical Variation in Aedes taeniorhynchus
In Aedes taeniorhynchus populations from mangrove swamps, most females possessed the capacity to produce eggs on a blood-free diet, but where the grassy salt marsh was the mosquito's principal habitat,most females lacked this capacity.
Mosquitoes Feeding on Insect Larvae
Caged Aegypti and Culex tarsalis are attracted to insect larvae, engorge on their body fluids, and produce viable eggs, and the possibility that wild mosquitoes substitute insect hemolymph for vertebrate blood is discussed.
Anti-mosquito behaviour of ciconiiform birds