Bulletin of Entomological Research

Original Articles

New field methods for studying the responses of tsetse flies (Diptera, Glossinidae) to hosts

G. A. Valea1

a1 Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Control Branch, Department of Veterinary Services, P.O. Box 8283, Causeway, Rhodesia


Field studies with Glossina morsitans morsitans Westw. in Rhodesia showed that hand-net catches can reduce slightly the responses of males to mobile baits and can reduce female responses by three-quarters. Description is given of methods of operating baits in the absence of men and of methods of electrocuting flies as they fly near baits, alight on baits and respond to decoy tsetse. These techniques are more efficient and objective than hand-net catching.

(Received December 10 1973)