Immature mosquitoes in bamboo internodes in municipal Parks, City of São Paulo, Brazil

Walter Ceretti-Júnior, Antônio R. Medeiros-Sousa, Laura C. Multini, Paulo R. Urbinatti, Daniel P. Vendrami, Delsio Natal, Sandro Marques, Aristides Fernandes, Hiroe Ogata, Mauro T. Marrelli

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We conducted an inventory of the mosquito fauna of the internodes of bamboo plants grown in municipal parks in the city of São Paulo, Brazil. During October 2010 to July 2013, a total of 8,541 immature stages belonging to 21 mosquito species were collected from bamboos over 61 municipal parks. Of these, Aedes albopictus was the most abundant species followed by Ae. aegypti found in broken bamboos in most parks. The former species was 7.2 times more abundant than the latter when both species shared the same habitat. Other species collected from bamboos included Culex quinquefasciatus and Haemagogus leucocelaenus. In bamboos with perforated internodes, species of the genus Wyeomyia were the most prevalent. Differences were also observed in species composition and abundance of mosquitoes collected in transversely broken bamboos and those collected from perforated bamboo internodes. Constant surveillance of these breeding sites is crucial due to the epidemiological importance of the species found. Furthermore, these breeding sites may help maintain some native wild mosquito populations along with a variety of other invertebrates found in these urban green areas.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)268-274
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Mosquitoes
  • bamboos
  • breeding sites
  • immature mosquitoes
  • municipal parks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Insect Science


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