Mosquito Ecology - Field Sampling Methods (3rd edition)

John B Silver 
Springer  2008  

Hardcover  1477 pp  ISBN 9781402066658      £270.00
This is the Third Edition of this popular reference work, originally devised and written by Professor M W Service and now updated by John B Silver. The purpose of the third edition is in keeping with the original vision of Professor Service to describe the methods and rationale for sampling mosquitoes, with particular emphasis on the ecology and behaviour of those species that play a role as vectors of human and animal diseases and infections.

The book is designed to serve as a practical reference for field entomologists and mosquito control specialists and describes the sampling methods and available trapping technologies and tools for the collection of all life-stages of mosquitoes, from egg to adult. It also describes the techniques available for data analysis and discusses ecological principles of relevance to the study of field populations of mosquitoes. While concentrating primarily on mosquitoes, many of the techniques described are suitable for the study of other Diptera, including Ceratopogonidae, Chironomidae, Simuliidae, Phlebotominae, etc.

Written for field entomologists, mosquito control specialists


  • Designing a mosquito sampling programme.
  • Sampling the Egg Population.
  • Sampling the Larval Population.
  • Sampling the Emerging Adult Population.
  • Sampling the adult Resting Population.
  • Sampling Adults by Animal Bait Catches and by Animal-Baited Traps.
  • Blood-Feeding and its Epidemiological Significance.
  • Sampling Adults with Non-Attractant Traps.
  • Sampling Adults with Light-Traps.
  • Sampling Adults with Carbon Dioxide Traps.
  • Sampling Adults with Visual Attraction Traps, Sound Traps and other Miscellaneous Attraction Traps.
  • Estimation of the Mortalities of the Immature Stages.
  • Methods of Age-Grading Adult and Estimation of Adult Survival Rates.
  • Estimating the Size of the Adult Population.
  • Measuring Adults Dispersal.
  • Experimental Hut Techniques.
  • Indices of Association and Species Diversity Indices.
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