Identification of Mosquitoes in Oklahoma

Raul Iglesias and Dr. Caio Martinelle Franca, Department of Biology, Southern Nazarene University, 6729 NW 39th Expressway, Bethany, Oklahoma 73008

Mosquitoes have an important role in our ecosystem as pollinators but they can also have a negative impact because they can spread viruses, making them one of the most dangerous animals in the world. The purpose of this research is to describe mosquito communities in Oklahoma and detect the presence of medically important vector species. To capture mosquito diversity, we used three types of traps, CO2-baited CDC light, CDC Gravid and gravid Aedes traps, on 12 different sites in the Oklahoma City metro area from May to July of 2020. Mosquito trapping locations ranged from urban to rural areas, spanning four counties in Oklahoma. Our sampling efforts resulted in 2,511 female mosquitoes of 26 species from six genera (Aedes, Anopheles, Culex, Coquillettidia, Orthopodomyia and Psorophora) collected over 201 trapping nights. Our initial report shows one new species, Aedes stimulans, that have not previously been recorded in Oklahoma.The Culex pipiens/quinquefasciatus complex (35.64%), Aedes vexans (15.61%), Psorophora columbiae (16.41%), Aedes albopictus (12.51%), are the Five most abundant species and they are accounted for (80.17%) of the mosquitoes collected from this project. Knowledge of mosquito composition and abundance is important as it can inform public health applications. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Raul Iglesias

Institution: Southern Nazarene University

Type: Poster

Subject: Environmental Science & Sustainability

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 6
Date/Time: Tue 2:00pm-3:00pm
Session Number: 4641