Development of an attractive target for the sheep blowfly Lucilia sericata

RL Wall, CH Green, NP French, KL Morgan

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Abstract

Coloured, odour-baited, sticky targets, designed to catch the sheep blowfly Lucilia sericata Meigen are described and the results of field trials are presented. The number of L.sericata caught by the targets was positively related to target surface area and was dependent on target colour. The performance of the coloured targets is described by a model in which catch is related negatively to reflectivity in the 300–450 nm (ultra-violet/blue) band of the spectrum and positively to the reflectivity in the 450–580nm (blue-green-yellow) band. Of the Lucilia blowflies caught by the targets, 13–16% were L.sericata and 72–75% of the L.sericata were female. The number of L.sericata caught appeared to be positively related to the availability of sheep over a relatively localized area and showed a marked decline following insecticidal dipping of sheep. The further development of targets and the implications of the results for L.sericata control are discussed.
Translated title of the contributionDevelopment of an attractive target for the sheep blowfly Lucilia sevicata
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-74
Number of pages7
JournalMedical and Veterinary Entomology
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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