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July 8, 1905


Author Affiliations

Chief of the Laboratory of Las Animas Hospital. HAVANA, CUBA.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(2):90-95. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.52510020010002b

The study of the life and habits of mosquitoes, not only in their adult stage, but in their cycle of development from the egg to the mosquito, is one of the most fascinating subjects that a person who has the time could possibly take up. Not only is the subject fascinating, but it is also of great importance that the life history of all species of mosquitoes should be understood, as they have been proved beyond a doubt to play a prominent part in the transmission of disease to human beings and animals, and more especially is this true of malaria, yellow fever and filariasis.

Mosquitoes belong to the order of Diptera, of the family Culicidæ. They are differentiated from other insects which simulate them by, 1. The piercing mouth. 2. The scales on the veins of the wings. 3. The particular venation of the wings.

There are four stages