Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An important genus of mosquitos having the palpi short and four-jointed in the female and long and five-jointed in the male. They are black in color, marked with silvery white. The head is completely clothed with broad, flat scales. About 40 species are known. S. fasciata (calopus) is the transmitter of yellow fever and is known as the yellow-fever mosquito. The genus is of tropical and subtropical distribution.
- n. A mosquito of this genus.
“The stegomyia is a household pest; it does not wander from household to household; it stays close by its home, and it is essentially a domestic mosquito, and you therefore have to deal with it in the houses.”
“New Orleans, by the way, having executed a triumphant massacre of the yellow fever mosquito (stegomyia) is now undertaking to rid itself of all the other varieties.”
“It should be noted that the stegomyia insect is common in India, but luckily has not yet been infected with the germ of yellow fever.”
“He got some perfectly healthy guinea-pigs, and also got some that were suffering from this phenomena; and he got these female stegomyia mosquitoes, and got them to bite those guineapigs that were suffering from something like yellow fever, and then got them to bite the healthy guinea-pigs.”
“The conditions in Guyaquil were perfect for the stegomyia, for they have an extraordinary water supply in Guyaquil.”
“To prevent the stegomyia mosquito from getting into these tanks was a task.”
“Birth control is the only way you can deal with the stegomyia mosquito, and you have to head them off before that time.”
“The stegomyia mosquito is very fond of laying her eggs in water.”
“When the frost came to kill the detestable stegomyia, the poisonous striped mosquito, and the fever was finally routed, Sophie Wright was face to face with ruin.”
“They tried all those theories, and it turned out that the mosquito theory was correct, after all; and so by those experiments it became established-and established beyond contradiction, especially in every possible scientific way-that yellow fever can be communicated only by the bite of a stegomyia mosquito; and in this case the female of the species is more deadly than the male, be cause it is only the female stegomyia that can communicate yellow fever by biting an individual who has not yet contracted the disease.”
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