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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.

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