oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Observations on the behaviour of the blue tick, Boophilus decoloratus (Koch) (Acarina: Ixodidae)

Volume 29, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



While numerous studies have been made upon the ecology, control and economic importance of the blue tick, Boophilus decoloratus (Koch), its behaviour has not been investigated to any great extent. Since Boophilus is a one-host tick, its success in finding a host will, to a considerable degree, be dependent upon the behaviour of the larvae. The present work was carried out with the aim of analyzing in the laboratory the responses of the unfed larvae into constitutive patterns in order to determine which environmental factors are of significance to the larvae in establishing themselves in such a position to facilitate attachment to their hosts and which are of value in allowing them to recognize a host as an object to which to attach.

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