Adjustment of field cage methodology for testing food attractants for fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)

Rousse Pascal, Duyck Pierre François, Quilici Serge, Ryckewaert Philippe. 2005. Adjustment of field cage methodology for testing food attractants for fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 98 (3) : pp. 402-408.

Journal article ; Article de revue à facteur d'impact
[img] Published version - Anglais
Access restricted to CIRAD agents
Use under authorization by the author or CIRAD.

Télécharger (715kB)

Liste HCERES des revues (en SHS) : oui

Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Psychologie-éthologie-ergonomie

Abstract : To select efficient baits to attract fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae), the use of field cages represents a good compromise between laboratory and outdoor studies. Nevertheless, the methodological details of such experiments up to now have had little attention. To assess the influence of intrinsic and extrinsic factors on the efficiency of food attractants for Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett), a series of methodological experiments were conducted in field cages with McPhail traps. Baited traps should initially be randomly placed and furthermore regularly rotated to lower the influence of climatic conditions. During an experiment lasting 8 h, the presence of already captured flies did not influence the attractiveness of the traps. The presence of potted host plants in the field cage allowed for better dispersion of the flies and enhanced the discrimination potential of the experiment. Moreover, yellow traps should be painted black to limit visual bias. Finally, in the conditions of these experiments, the sex of tested flies and the diet given to them during rearing, with or without protein, had no influence on the qualitative results of choice experiments. However, these factors greatly influenced the total amount of captured flies: protein-deprived females were more responsive than all others. Furthermore, whether the tested flies were sexually mature had a significant influence on their responsiveness to protein baits. These results are discussed to establish recommendations for further field cages experiments. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Bactrocera cucurbitae, Tephritidae, Insecte nuisible, Piégeage des animaux, Attractif, Protéine, Comportement, Efficacité, Expérimentation

Mots-clés complémentaires : Mouche des fruits, Attractif alimentaire

Classification Agris : H10 - Pests of plants

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 1 (2005-2013) - Intensification écologique

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Rousse Pascal, CIRAD-FLHOR-PRH (REU)
  • Duyck Pierre François, CIRAD-FLHOR-PRH (REU)
  • Quilici Serge, CIRAD-FLHOR-ARF (REU)
  • Ryckewaert Philippe, CIRAD-FLHOR-PRH (REU)

Autres liens de la publication

Source : Cirad - Agritrop (

View Item (staff only) View Item (staff only)

[ Page générée et mise en cache le 2020-10-21 ]