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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: INTEGRATED APPROACHES FOR PROTECTION OF ANIMALS FROM VECTOR-BORNE PATHOGENS

Location: Arthropod-Borne Animal Diseases Research

Title: Behavior of larval Culicoides Sonorensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in response to an invertebrate predator, Hydra Littoralis (Anthomedusae: Hydridae)

Author
item Reeves, Will -

Submitted to: Entomological News
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: August 29, 2009
Publication Date: September 28, 2011
Citation: Reeves, W.K. 2011. Behavior of larval Culicoides Sonorensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in response to an invertebrate predator, Hydra Littoralis (Anthomedusae: Hydridae). Entomological News. 121: 298-301.

Interpretive Summary: Larvae of biting midges live in the water. In their natural habitat they are exposed to numerous predators. Predator avoidance behavior has not been studied in most biting midges. Based on laboratory data the larvae of some biting midges behave differently when jellyfish like predators are present in the environment.

Technical Abstract: Larvae of Culicoides sonorensis a blood feeding ceratopogonid are aquatic. In their natural habitat they are exposed to numerous predators. Predator avoidance behavior has not been studied in most Culicoides spp. Based on laboratory data the larvae of Culicoides sonorensis behave differently when cniderians such as Hydra littoralis are present in the environment.

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