Relocation of Hosts by the Sheep Ked (Diptera: Hippoboscidae)
Authors: Strickman, Daniel; Lloyd, John E.; Kumar, Rabinder
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 77, Number 2, April 1984 , pp. 437-439(3)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:Data from laboratory and field experiments demonstrated that Melophagus ovinus (L.) can relocate hosts from the ground. In a laboratory experiment, M. ovinus demonstrated a tendency to move upward on an exposed surface, but lost this tendency when in fibrous material such as wool. Upward movement was also inhibited by increased temperature. In the field, over 10% of 86 marked keds placed on the ground were able to mount two lambs confined in a pen. The tendency to climb to the tops of exposed objects probably helps M. ovinus relocate hosts. The decrease in this behavior at warm temperatures may contribute to declines in M. ovinus populations on sheep during spring and summer.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1984-04-01
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