The human-biting behavior of Culex pipiens was investigated in northwest Ohio. The biting studies were conducted by exposing a human volunteer for 33 h at ground and 10-m height levels in a field area which contained sizeable populations of C. pipiens. No significant feeding on humans was noted and only a single specimen of C. pipiens was observed to attempt feeding. Concurrent light trap data revcaled a definite stratification preference for C. pipiens at the 10-m height level. In the laboratory, caged C. pipiens were allowed to feed on humans (l2-h period) with no positive results. Other caged specimens fed readily on a house sparrow.
Rockett, C. Lee and Somers, Donald A.
"Host-Feeding Behavior of the House Mosquito Culex Pipiens in Northwest Ohio (Diptera: Culicidae),"
The Great Lakes Entomologist: Vol. 16
, Article 3.
Available at: http://scholar.valpo.edu/tgle/vol16/iss3/3