Rapid determination of total lipids in mosquitoes

J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 1985 Sep;1(3):302-4.


Total lipids in individual mosquitoes can be determined by extraction with chloroform-methanol followed by reaction with sulfuric acid and a vanillin-phosphoric acid reagent. By subtracting the lipids determined in a starved population, the method is suitable to establish variations of lipid reserves in field populations.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Calibration
  • Culicidae / analysis*
  • Lipids / analysis*
  • Spectrophotometry


  • Lipids