Mosquitoes possess sensory organs in their antennae to recognise host and oviposition sites and the Johnston's organ in the basic segment by which males recognise wing beats of the females.
The sensory physiological basis for responses to CO2 has been extensively studied (Davis and Bowen, 1994; Sutcliffe, 1994; Grant et al., 1995), and gender-specific electrophysiological differential responses have been observed to some extent.
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