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Culicoides zuluensis female

Culicoides zuluensis female (Meiswinkel et al, 2004)

Term: 2014
Published: January 10, 2014
Revised: March 31, 2014

Biting midges in the genus Culicoides are like mosquitoes in that the females of nearly all species need a blood meal in order to develop eggs. These midges are smaller (1-3mm) than mosquitoes but can be much more abundant. Taking into account the enormous numbers in which these midges can occur, their notorious man biting habits in some countries and their ability to transmit deadly diseases it has been suggested that these midges were involved in two of the ten biblical plagues of ancient Egypt.

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Dr Gert Venter

Dr Gert Venter

  • B.Sc. (Hons) Zoology, M.Sc, PhD
  • Dr Gert Venter is a Specialist Researcher (Entomology) for the Agricultutral Research Council, South Africa, and an extra-ordinary Lecturer in the Department of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
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