Aggregation behavior exhibited by blood feeding sand flies (Phlebotomus papatasi)

Sunday, November 10, 2013: 1:15 PM
Meeting Room 17 A (Austin Convention Center)
Matt Aubuchon , USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Gainesville, FL
Sandra A. Allan , USDA, Agricultural Research Service, Gainesville, FL
Gary G. Clark , USDA-ARS-CMAVE, Gainesville, FL
Female sand flies exhibit aggregation behavior during blood feeding.  Digital photography and videography were used to document this behavior and Nearest-Neighbor Analysis was used to quantify female distribution patterns throughout blood-feeding sessions.  In addition to aggregations, digital videography captured competitive behaviors within feeding aggregations.  The etiology of these behaviors and future research are discussed.
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