SWARMING BEHAVIOUR OF THE LESSER HOUSE FLY, FANNIA CANICULARIS, IN BRISBANE

HUNTER D.M. (1979) SWARMING BEHAVIOUR OF THE LESSER HOUSE FLY, FANNIA CANICULARIS, IN BRISBANE. Australian Journal of Entomology, 18 1: 27-30. doi:10.1111/j.1440-6055.1979.tb00806.x


Author HUNTER D.M.
Title SWARMING BEHAVIOUR OF THE LESSER HOUSE FLY, FANNIA CANICULARIS, IN BRISBANE
Journal name Australian Journal of Entomology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1440-6055
Publication date 1979-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-6055.1979.tb00806.x
Volume 18
Issue 1
Start page 27
End page 30
Total pages 4
Subject 1105 Dentistry
1102 Cardiovascular Medicine and Haematology
1109 Neurosciences
Abstract Studies of the lesser house fly, Fannia canicularis, in Brisbane, Queensland showed that males swarmed at closed in sites, such as under and inside houses. Flies preferred the centre of an area, though variations in light intensity and the presence of objects in the swarming area modified this behaviour. When temperatures remained above 15°C, swarming occurred from about sunrise to sunset, though on days with a maximum above 25 °C, few swarmed near midday. Males flew for long periods in semi‐rectangular circuits, though at high fly populations such circuits were often not completed as flies constantly chased each other. Resting males also chased flies or objects that moved rapidly within two metres of them; slow moving objects were ignored. Although F. canicularis forms swarms like smaller Diptera, this chasing of other males is characteristic of the waiting station and territorial defense of larger species. On coming to land, males preferentially faced and alighted head upwards; most then turned to rest head downwards, thus accounting for the head downwards posture of resting males noted here and elsewhere. Copyright
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