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Factors Influencing Flight Initiation in the Triatomine Bug Triatoma Sordida (Hemiptera: Reduviidae)

  • P. K. McEwen
  • M. J. Lehane
Research Article

Abstract

Some aspects of flight behaviour in the triatomine bug Triatoma sordida were investigated. A strong link between flight initiation and nutritional status as expressed by weight: length ratio was shown. Flight activity was strongly nocturnal and unimodal, commencing with the onset of darkness. A capacity to lay eggs after flight initiation was noted.

Key Words

Triatoma sordida flight initiation nutritional status weight length ratio egg production 

Résumé

Quelques aspects de comportement du vol de Triatoma sordida a ete etudie. Un lien étroit entre l’initiation du vol et le besoin en nourriture existe comme le montre le rapport poids: longeur. L’envol etait essentiellement nocturne et unimodal, commencant apres la tombee de la nuit. L’aptitude a pondre d’oeufs apres le vol a ete note.

Mots Clés

Triatoma sordida l’initiation du vol besoin en nourriture rapport poids longeur production d’oeufs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. K. McEwen
    • 1
  • M. J. Lehane
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Pure and Applied BiologyUniversity of Wales Cardiff South GlamorganSouth WalesUK
  2. 2.School of Biological SciencesUniversity of Wales Bangor Gwynedd, N. WalesUK

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