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Response of Three Colonies of Screwworm Flies1 to Proteins and Sugars in a Multiple-Choice Olfactometer2,3

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Abstract:

When responses of 3 colonies of Cochliomyia hominivarax (Coquerel) to 10% aqueous preparations of egg albumin. casein hydrolysate, raffinose, or dextrose were fested in a new multiple-choice olfactometer. the 2 laboratory -adapted colonies responded similarly based on the number of flies trapped. However. flies from a more recently colonized group were less responsive, especially when they were less than 5 days old. The colonies did not show a marked preference for any material, nor was response correlated with either sex or age. Improvements in the olfactometer must be made before it would prove satisfactory for screening materials as attractants for the screwworm fly.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1971

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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