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Table 1 Glossary of terms related to mosquito biting activity used in the literature

From: Quantifying seasonal and diel variation in Anopheline and Culex human biting rates in Southern Ecuador

Source Term Definition Citations
Field collection Human biting rate The number of actively biting or blood fed female mosquitoes divided by the number of study participants per night, sometimes estimated from human landing catch [21, 22, 46, 53]
Human biting density Sum of female mosquitoes caught in a sampling period divided by the total number of houses sample [53]
Human landing rate Number of mosquito bites per night estimated from number of female mosquitoes landing on subjects [29]
Biting rate/biting activity/bite trends Sum of female mosquitoes landing on volunteers averaged for different portions of survey period [23, 46]
Human landing catch Human bait used to capture female mosquitoes as they attempt to feed, usually with an aspirator [30,31,32,33]
Human landing collection Human bait used to capture female mosquitoes as they attempt to feed, usually with an aspirator [34, 35]
Human landing count Human bait used to capture female mosquitoes as they attempt to feed, usually with an aspirator [36]
Human biting catch Female mosquitoes captured in the act of biting [37]
Man-landing catch Human subjects act as both baits and traps for female mosquitoes [38]
Laboratory collection Mosquito biting rate The number of female mosquitoes that attempted feeding on a human study participant during an observation period under laboratory or experimental conditions [39, 40]
Derived model parameters Biting rate Parameter used in estimating malaria Ro in the Ross-MacDonald model [24, 41]
Entomological inoculation rate
Human biting rate
Malaria transmission estimated from human bite rate
Parameter estimated from human landing catch data collected in the field
[21, 42, 43]