To implement effective mosquito control strategies so that we are better able to limit spread of the diseases they carry requires a detailed understanding of their behavioural ecology. Reproduction is of central importance to the subject of population management, yet our knowledge of mosquito mating and the factors that influence it is relatively sparse.
Throughout the animal kingdom, interaction and communication between individuals plays a vital role in copulation. Growing evidence from the physiological and behavioural domains indicates that male and female mosquitoes of a number of disease-carrying species use the sounds produced by their beating wings to sense and signal to one another prior to mating. My research aims to understand these interactions, how and why they are used and to what extent during courtship, and to investigate them in relation to other aspects of the mosquito's behavioural ecology.
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