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WCU student, faculty collaborate in publishing mosquito guide

A WCU graduate student, two faculty members and an employee of the state’s agriculture department recently published “The Mosquitoes of the Mid-Atlantic Region: An Identification Guide.”

MosquitoTextThe collaborators were Charlie Sither, WCU graduate student in biology; Bruce Harrison, affiliate professor of health sciences; Brian Byrd, associate professor of health sciences; and Park Whitt of the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Their 201-page spiral-bound book includes dichotomous keys to the adult females and fourth instar mosquito larvae for eight states: Delaware, Georgia, North Carolina, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. It features more than 585 Adobe Illustrator figures and includes sections about taxonomic interpretations, state records, basic morphology and instructions on using dichotomous keys. The dichotomous keys – a tool which helps the user to determine the identity of items in the natural world through a series of choices – were peer reviewed by experts from the Smithsonian Institute, the North American Mosquito Control Districts and academia.

For more information, visit the site of the North Carolina Mosquito and Vector Control Association at www.ncmvca.org and the book’s order form at http://www.ncmvca.org/Mosquito%20Key%20Order%20Form%202016.pdf.

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