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Mosquitoes Detect Human Scents Better During The Nighttime
2013-08-31 07:21:08

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports – Your Universe Online In research that could change the way we protect ourselves from mosquitoes, scientists from the University of Notre Dame's Eck Institute for Global Health have discovered the disease-carrying insects are able to smell major human host odorants better during the nighttime hours. The study, which appears in this week’s edition of the open-access journal Nature: Scientific Reports, used an integrative approach to investigate the...

2013-08-29 11:27:41

A malaria control method that targets mosquito larvae and pupae as they mature in standing water could be an important supplementary measure in the fight against the disease, according to a new report. The Cochrane review -- led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in collaboration with Durham University and other researchers in the UK and US -- is the first systematic review looking at using larval source management (LSM) to control malaria, which causes an estimated...

2013-08-26 11:23:58

Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), led by Dr. Lee Bulla, have demonstrated for the first time the selective cytotoxicity of Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. israelensis Cry4B toxin is mediated by BT-R3. The Cry toxins produced by Bacillus thuringiensis exert their insecticidal activity by binding with high-affinity to their cognate cadherin receptors located on the surface of epithelial cells that line the midgut of susceptible insects. In the case of Anopheles gambiae,...

The Right Temperature Makes Tasty Treat For Fruit Flies
2013-08-08 06:23:32

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists call it the Goldilocks Principle. Animals can survive and breed only if the temperature is just right -- too hot and they will overheat; too cold and they will freeze. Animals have evolved very sensitive temperature sensors, which allow them to detect the relatively narrow margin in which they can survive. Until recently, very little was known about how these sensors worked. A new study from Brandeis University has...

2013-07-31 23:21:38

An insect that can infect a person with West Nile Virus has invaded Alabama; called the Asian Tiger Mosquito, it carries the sometimes deadly disease. Already discovered on the East Coast, this species of the flying bug has been sighted in the Heart of Dixie. Birmingham, AL (PRWEB) July 31, 2013 Due to accidental introduction to America in the 1980's, the Asian Tiger Mosquito has invaded the borders of Alabama. Vulcan Termite and Pest Control, Inc.'s Board Certified Entomologist...

2013-07-25 23:27:27

There were 66 confirmed deaths from the West Nile virus last year from mosquitoes' bites. People are looking for solutions to a problem that can be fatal. Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) July 25, 2013 A simple solution to keep the mosquitoes away is by turning on a fan. Mosquitoes are very light weight and are easily over-powered by fans. A more permanent fix is to plant lemon grass. This grass is beautiful looking and contains citronella oil; a strong scent that makes it hard for mosquitoes to...

2013-07-24 23:04:52

Mariner Biomedical introduces Deter Insect Repellent® Plus SPF 20 Sunscreen. Deter, a scientifically proven natural insect repellent, is now available with SPF 20 sun protection combining a highly effective insect repellent and sunscreen provides convenient protection against the two most serious threats to skin while outdoors. San Jose, CA (PRWEB) July 24, 2013 Mariner Biomedical, Inc. introduced Deter Insect repellent® Plus SPF 20 Sunscreen. The company’s latest product...


Latest Mosquito Reference Libraries

Black Saddlebags, Tramea lacerate
2013-07-24 12:32:58

The black saddlebags (Tramea lacerate) is a species of skimmer dragonfly that can be found in North America. It prefers to reside near still water sources like ponds and ditches. This species reaches an average body length of 1.9 inches and holds a thin body that is black in color, although females may hold light mottled markings along the body. The head on both males and females is wide and brown in color. The dark markings that occur on base of the hind wings have given it the common name,...

Chalk-fronted Corporal, Ladona Julia
2013-07-19 11:21:44

The chalk-fronted corporal (Ladona Julia) is a species of dragonfly that can be found in southern areas of Canada and northern areas of the United States. Young individuals of this species are typically reddish-brown in color with a black stripe occurring along the back and white stripes occurring along the shoulders. As young individuals develop, they change colors, with females becoming almost completely brown with some grey markings. Males develop white pruinescence markings along the base...

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2011-03-04 17:38:30

Yellow fever is an acute viral hemorrhagic disease with a 40 to 50 nm enveloped RNA virus with positive sense of the Flaviviridae family. It is transmitted by the bite of female mosquitoes and is found in tropical and subtropical areas in South America and Africa, but not in Asia. Primates and a few kinds of mosquitoes are the only known hosts. The origin of the disease is most likely Africa. From there it was introduced to South America through the slave trade in the 16th century. There...

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2005-09-12 09:50:15

Aedes albopictus (Family Culicidae), the Asian Tiger Mosquito or Forest Day Mosquito, is characterized by its black and white striped legs and small, black and white body. It was native to south-east Asia, and occupied a habitat that spread from Madagascar eastward to New Guinea, and north to the latitude of Korea. The typical member of the Aedes albopictus has a length of about 5 mm. As with other members of the mosquito family, the female is outfitted with an elongated proboscis that she...

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2005-09-08 15:08:50

The crane flies (Tipulidae) are a family of insects that closely resemble giant mosquitoes. Like the mosquito, they are in the order Diptera (flies) and are sometimes called mosquito eaters, mosquito hawks, or skeeter eaters. They are also one of three unrelated arthropods named Daddy long-legs. The other two are the harvestmen and vibrating, cellar or house spider. As such, Crane Flies are wrapped up in the myth of being the most poisonous spider, but unable to bite humans. This is...

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endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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