Articles | Volume 18, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-18-81-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/we-18-81-2018
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Effect of a dragonfly (Bradinopyga strachani Kirby, 1900) on the density of mosquito larvae in a field experiment using mesocosms

Daniel Acquah-Lamptey and Roland Brandl

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In the absence of mosquitoes, diseases such as Malaria and Yellow fever will not exist. Although mosquito larvae have been identified to be a non-selective food to dragonfly larvae, it is unclear if the two naturally co-exist, hence reported as a non-viable strategy for controlling mosquito populations. However, a simple experiment in tropical Africa has shown a significant reduction in mosquitoes following colonization of mosquito larvae habitats by the dragonfly, Bradinopyga strachani.