Attractiveness of various colours to Australian tephritid fruit flies in the field

Hill A.R. and Hooper G.H.S. (1984) Attractiveness of various colours to Australian tephritid fruit flies in the field. Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata, 35 2: 119-128. doi:10.1007/BF00217530

Author Hill A.R.
Hooper G.H.S.
Title Attractiveness of various colours to Australian tephritid fruit flies in the field
Journal name Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0013-8703
Publication date 1984-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/BF00217530
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Issue 2
Start page 119
End page 128
Total pages 10
Publisher Kluwer Academic Publishers
Subject 1109 Neurosciences
Abstract The response of tephritid fruit flies to variously coloured sticky traps was studied in the field in southeastern Queensland over three seasons (1978-81). Three species, Dacus tryoni (Froggatt), D. neohumeralis Hardy and D. cacuminatus (Hering), made up the majority of the flies captured. On a per unit area basis, a sticky flat trap was more efficient than a sticky wing trap and was adopted as the trap design. Daylight fluorescent (DF) Saturn Yellow captured significantly more flies than any of the other ten colours, or perspex and aluminium foil, tested, although the DF colours Lime, Blaze Orange and Emerald were also attractive. There was a significant correlation between the number of flies captured by a colour and the difference, in nanometres, between the peak reflected wavelength of the colour and 550 nm which is quoted as the peak wavelength reflected by green leaves. The three species did not differ in their responses to the coloured traps, and more males than females were captured. When either cuelure or methyl eugenol was added to the sticky traps no one colour emerged as significantly superior, but the yellow, and yellow/green DF colours consistently caught more flies. The attractiveness of coloured traps declined as the number of flies captured increased. The efficiency of Steiner and McPhail traps was not increased by the addition of any attractive colour. Of various possible trap shapes of equivalent surface area, circular and square traps captured more flies than did triangular, rectangular and diamond shaped traps. When spheres were tested, those of 10 cm diameter captured more flies than those of 5 cm diameter, and more flies were caught on black, than on yellow or green spheres.
Keyword colour
Dacus spp.
fruit flies
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
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