Journal article

Meteorological effects on the daily activity patterns of tabanid biting flies in northern Queensland, Australia

K Van Hennekeler, RE Jones, LF Skerratt, MO Muzari, LA Fitzpatrick

MEDICAL AND VETERINARY ENTOMOLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2011

Abstract

Information on the daily activity patterns of tabanid flies is important in the development of strategies that decrease the risk of pathogens transmitted by them. In addition, this information is useful to maximize numbers of tabanids trapped during short-term studies and to target feeding behavior studies of certain tabanid species to their times of peak activity. The current study examined the effects of various meteorological factors on the daily activity patterns of common tropical species of tabanids in north Queensland. Each species studied responded differently to weather factors. Tabanus townsvilli Ricardo (Diptera: Tabanidae) was most active during late morning and early afternoon, ..

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