oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Studies on the local distribution and on the methods of host location of some Rhodesian Tabanidae (Oiptera)

Volume 39, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Tabanidae were caught in a variety of ways from different vegetation types. No statistical difference was shown in the species composition of the total seasonal catches from each locality. Differences were demonstrated between species in the distance from which female tabanids were attracted to an ox. More flies approached the ox from downwind than from upwind. A vertical visual stimulus was less effective than a horizontal one. Biases in catch composition were associated with catching method and the time of day at which catches were made. Carbon dioxide was strongly attractive for females of Philoliche zonata.

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