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Field studies on color preferences of the caribbean fruit fly anastrepha suspensa diptera tephritidae



Field studies on color preferences of the caribbean fruit fly anastrepha suspensa diptera tephritidae



Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata 21(1): 63-70



Field tests [guava (Psidium guajava L.), Citrus spp., sapodilla (Achras zapota L.), kumquat (Fortunella margarita (Lour.) Swing) and tropical almond (Terminalia catappa L.)] on attraction of Caribbean fruit flies to 15 .times. 20 cm colored sticky traps releaved a clear preference for orange, followed by yellow and yellow-green. Lower capture rates were obtained for dark green, blue, red, black, and white. Reflectance spectra of painted surfaces were determined and it was noted that fly capture rates were directly related to the proportion of light reflected in the 580-590 nm region. Attraction appeared to depend primarily upon the hue rather than the intensity of emission. Responses to orange were considered to indicate fruit-seeking rather than foliage-seeking behavior because a disproportionate number of females was captured (3:1 .female.:.male. ratio), because foliage normally reflects maximally in the yellow-green rather than the orange region and because a variety of host fruit reflects strongly in the orange region of the spectrum.

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Accession: 005461176

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DOI: 10.1111/j.1570-7458.1977.tb02657.x


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