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Differential flight behaviour of Oscinella spp. (Diptera, Chloropidae)

Differential flight behaviour of Oscinella spp. (Diptera, Chloropidae)

Zeitschrift Fuer Angewandte Entomologie: 1004: 392-398

Studies on the flight behavior of Oscinella vastator (Curt.), O. pusilla (Mg), and O. frit (L.) were carried out in a 6 year-old crop of perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne) in Jutland, Denmark. Blue sticky traps were exposed at three heights: 0 cm, 20 cm, and 40 cm above ground level. O. frit was trapped in equal numbers at all levels, but a significantly lower number of O. vastator and O. pusilla was trapped above the crop than at ground level. It is concluded that O. vastator and O. pusilla are stationary in the vegetation, not taking off regularly like O. frit. The consequences of this difference in flight behavior are discussed; annual crops are invaded primarily by O. frit, whereas O. vastator and O. pusilla in the course of some generations may build up large populations in perennial crops. In perennial crops the value of water trap catches seems dubious.

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1439-0418.1985.tb02796.x

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