Conceived, designed and patented by Fabrizio Balestrino ( PhD Medical and Veterinary Entomologist, Vector Biology and Control Specialist, Sterile Insect Technique, SIT Expert ) and created in collaboration with A Zeta Model


 Ideata, progettata e brevettata da Fabrizio Balestrino ( Dottorato di Ricerca in Entomologia Medica e Veterinaria, Specialista in Biologia e Controllo dei vettori, Esperto in Tecnica Insetto Sterile, SIT ) e creata in collaborazione con A Zeta ModelABC

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Figure 1. Thermoformed plastic Aedes mass production cage (Aedes MPC); A. MPC 60 model (60 x 60 x 20 cm; Vol. 72 l); B. MPC 80 model (80 x 80 x 20 cm; Vol. 128 l);                   C. Stacked MPC 80 cages.

The cage is supplied with the following devices:

Sugar feeder. This device is made of a plastic cylindrical tube (Fig.2 – SF) sealed on one end (and provided with a removable lid with a nylon screen in the opposite side. The tube can be filled with sugar solution and then introduced upside down inside the cage in the top distal flanged opening of the cage (Fig.2 – T1). The adults will be able to feed through the netted bottom and is not necessary to replace or refill the sugar feeder for about 4-6 weeks.

Blood feeder. From the proximal flanged opening in the top side of the cage (Fig.2 – T2) is introduced a fixed an elastic tube of gauze (Fig.2 – EG). When this gauze tube is hung inside the cage, collagen sausage casings (not provided) filled with defibrinated fresh blood heated can be inserted for blood feeding. The immediate response of females to the blood source assures an effective engorgement.

Pupae introduction and eggs collection device. The cage includes a tubular element (Fig.2 – FT), fenestrated in its upper portion, which is inserted into the lower opening in the front wall of the cage. This tubular element extends inside the cage and accommodates a removable semi-circular plastic tray (Fig.2 – PT) used to introduce and maintain in water the immature mosquito stages for adult emergence.

This thermoformed semi-circular plastic container also allows to introduce and hold inside the cage the oviposition paper (not provided) employed for eggs collection. The tubular element includes a front external opening which can be reversibly closed by a netted lid (Fig.2 – NL). This opening allows the introduction of the semi-circular plastic tray and facilitates the cages maintenance and rearing procedures.

Through a second middle opening in the front wall of the cage a plastic elbow connector is inserted into the cage. This element curves inside the cage towards the tubular element and is connected to a netted conical fitting (Fig.2 – CF). This opening allows the introduction of a handled blower (Fig.2 – FAN provided with additional cost) in order to avoid the accidental escape of insects from the cage when the netted lid is opened.