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The Mosquitoes of New Mexico

By Theodore WolffLewis Nielsen



Mosquitoes are not just summer pests whose bites cause victims, young and old, to scratch the resulting bumps and welts. They are also threats to the public health. Mosquitoes belong to the family Culicidae and there are about 2,700 species worldwide, with approximately one hundred seventy mosquito species in the United States. Of these one hundred seventy species, almost sixty are found in New Mexico, including the Genus Anopheles, a known carrier of malaria; Aedes, a carrier of several human diseases, and Culex, which can carry West Nile virus and other encephalitis viruses. Most of the species belong to the Genus Ochlerotatus, some of which have been implicated in disease transmission but most in the genus are primarily pest species.
To help promote the public health for humans and animals, authors Theodore A. Wolff and Lewis T. Nielsen recognized the need for an up-to-date species identification guide. The Mosquitoes of New Mexico is a straightforward reference book for mosquito control workers medical specialists, veterinarians, and public health officials. Hundreds of detailed illustrations help researchers and curious amateurs identify mosquitoes in New Mexico to differentiate between the many species.

Contributor Bios
Ted A. Wolff's interest in mosquitoes stems from studies at the University of North Carolina in medical parasitology and from studies at the University of Utah where he investigated the mountain mosquitoes of Arizona and New Mexico. Ted currently is a senior member of the Technical staff at Sandia National Laboratories and has worked in several technical programs. He resides in Albuquerque.
Lewis T. Nielsen is emeritus professor of entomology, University of Utah. He is a former president of the American Mosquito Control Association and the Utah Mosquito Abatement Association. He resides in Holladay, Utah.