Our colleague Martin Moos (Our team) as a co-author published the new article about winter survival of Culex pipiens and its energy reserves.
You can read something about this interensting topics this: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1095643321000180)
• Diapausing females of Culex pipiens arrive to winter shelters (cellars) with lipid reserves.
• Lipids theoretically suffice for more than 500 days spent in shelter at standard metabolic rate.
• Frequency of flights within shelter will decide whether the reserves suffice practically.
• Physiological limits of females' cold hardiness are set relatively weak for survival in above ground microhabitats.
• Physiological limits of cold hardiness guarantee safe overwintering in underground microhabitats.