Suppression of populations of Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Calliphoridae), with a novel blowfly trap

Urech, Rudolf, Green, Peter E., Rice, Martin J., Brown, Geoffrey W., Webb, Philip, Jordan, David, Wingett, Murray, Mayer, David G., Butler, Lock, Joshua, Edward, Evans, Ian, Toohey, Les and Dadour, Ian R. (2009) Suppression of populations of Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Calliphoridae), with a novel blowfly trap. Australian Journal of Entomology, 48 2: 182-188. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.2009.00701.x


Author Urech, Rudolf
Green, Peter E.
Rice, Martin J.
Brown, Geoffrey W.
Webb, Philip
Jordan, David
Wingett, Murray
Mayer, David G.
Butler, Lock
Joshua, Edward
Evans, Ian
Toohey, Les
Dadour, Ian R.
Title Suppression of populations of Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Calliphoridae), with a novel blowfly trap
Formatted title
Suppression of populations of Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Calliphoridae), with a novel blowfly trap
Journal name Australian Journal of Entomology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1326-6756
1440-6055
Publication date 2009-05-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2009.00701.x
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 48
Issue 2
Start page 182
End page 188
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The Australian sheep blowfly, Lucilia cuprina, initiates more than 85% of fly strikes on sheep in Australia with an estimated average annual cost of A$280 million to the Australian sheep industry. LuciTrap® is a commercially available, selective trap for L. cuprina consisting of a plastic bucket with multiple fly entry cones and a synthetic attractant. The impact of LuciTrap on populations of L. cuprina on sheep properties in five Australian states was evaluated by comparing L. cuprina populations on paired properties with and without LuciTraps over seasons when significant fly populations could be expected. Twenty-four comparisons (trials) were conducted over 4 years. During times of ‘higher fly density’ (when the 48 h geometric mean of trap catches on the control property was greater than five L. cuprina), the overall geometric mean trap catches for control and trapped properties differed significantly (P < 0.001) with mean trap catches of 19.4 and 7.74 L. cuprina, respectively. The selectivity of the LuciTrap was confirmed with 59% of all trapped flies being L. cuprina. Chrysomya spp. and Calliphora spp. constituted 9.3% and 1.1% of the catches with a variety of other flies (mainly Sarcophagidae and Muscidae) providing the remainder (31%). Lucilia sericata was only trapped in Tasmania and made up 7.7% of the Lucilia spp. catch in that state. Seventy-two per cent of the trapped L. cuprina were female. The deployment of LuciTrap on sheep properties at one trap per 100 sheep from the beginning of the anticipated fly season suppressed the populations of L. cuprina by 60% compared with matched control properties. The LuciTrap is a selective and easy to use fly trap and constitutes an effective, non-insecticidal tool for use in integrated management programs for L. cuprina.
Keyword Blowfly strike
Field trials
LuciTrap
Trapping
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation
 
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