Host and Feeding Side Preferences of the Horse Fly (Diptera: Tabanidae) Species

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  • Ferhat ALTUNSOY

Keywords:

Tabanidae, horse flies, host preference, feeding sides, Diptera, Insecta

Abstract

 This study observed the preferential host and feeding sites of horse fly species. A total of 2705 samples including 7 genera and 14 species were collected. Eight most abundant species were used in the analysis while Tabanus lunatus was ranked first with a rate of 50.55%. As a result of the analysis, eight species (T. lunatus, T. regularis, T. spodopterus, T. miki, T. bromius, T. bifarius, Silvius alpinus, Haematopoda subcylindrica) preferred the foot of hosts with a rate of 66.93%, while the back areas were used with a rate of 4.69%. Kruskall-Wallis test analysis showed that horse flies do not randomize their hosts and feeding sides on the hosts.

Author Biography

Ferhat ALTUNSOY

Anadolu Universtiy Faculty of Science Biology Department 26470 Tepebaşı Eskişehir

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Published

2015-04-03

How to Cite

ALTUNSOY, F. (2015). Host and Feeding Side Preferences of the Horse Fly (Diptera: Tabanidae) Species. Journal of the Entomological Research Society, 17(1), 107–115. Retrieved from https://www.entomol.org/journal/index.php/JERS/article/view/813

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Journal of the Entomological Research Society