volume 168, issue 2, P120-136 2020
DOI: 10.1111/eea.12852
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Daniel A. H. Peach, Gerhard Gries

Abstract: Abstract For a very long time, mosquitoes have been known or suspected to consume plant liquids. Recently eclosed mosquitoes cannot survive long without consuming sugary plant liquids that provide fuel for flight and enable blood‐feeding and mating. Populations of even highly synanthropic mosquitoes may not be able to persist without phytophagy, even when vertebrate blood is readily available. Phytophagy is a key element of mosquito ecology, and understanding it is critical to combat mosquito‐borne diseases. …

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