Mosquito Research

Dr. Lou Rigley is Saluda Shoals Park resident scientist and one of our Nature Interpreters. He has initiated researching insects found in Saluda Shoals Park with particular emphasis on the different mosquito populations in the park. You may see mosquito traps in the Wetland Preserve. Mosquitoes are trapped at night and collected in the cool early morning hours. Later, Lou works on separating other insects form mosquitoes that are caught and then classifying the mosquitoes. You might ask why he chose to research mosquitoes. Well, firstly they have a huge socio -economic impact and some species do spread diseases. During the day he also looks for insects in forested and meadow areas to develop an insect collection.

Collection Sites and Specimen

River Collection Set 1 September 21, 2011

Anopheles quadrimaculatus - 73

Aedes vexans - 12

Culiseta melurana - 9

 

Deep Woods Set 1 September 27, 2011

Anopheles quadrimaculatus - 34 and punctipennis - 53

Aedes vexans - 42 and albopictus - 3

Culiseta melanara - 18, inornata - 2, and canadensis candensis - 29

 

Deep Woods Set 2 September 27, 2011

Toxorhynchites rutillus septentrionalis - 4

Aedes vexans - 71 and canadensis canadensis - 64

Anopheles quadrimaculatus - 74 and punctipennis - 86

Coquillettidia perturbans - 3

Culiseta melonura - 23 and inorata - 8