Journal article

A comparison of trapping methods for Tabanidae (Diptera) in North Queensland, Australia

K van Hennekeler, RE Jones, LF Skerratt, LA Fitzpatrick, SA Reid, GA Bellis

MEDICAL AND VETERINARY ENTOMOLOGY | BLACKWELL PUBLISHING | Published : 2008

Abstract

The ability to monitor the abundance and diversity of tabanid flies over wide areas requires effective and low-cost surveillance methods. Such monitoring activities help to quantify the risk of transmission of pathogens by tabanids. Here we examine the effectiveness and practicality of two types of trap (canopy traps and Nzi traps) and two types of attractant (octenol and carbon dioxide) for monitoring tabanid flies in tropical Australia. The Nzi trap consistently caught more tabanids and more species of tabanids than the canopy trap. It was also more robust and therefore required less maintenance in remote locations. The use of attractants substantially increased capture rates, both of indi..

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