, Volume 34, Issue 2, pp 163–164 | Cite as

Feeding an insect through its respiration: Assimilation of alcohol vapors byDrosophila melanogaster adults

  • J. Van Herrewege
  • J. R. David


Ethanol given to otherwise starvedDrosophila adults can increase their survival from 2.5 to 8 days. Similar results were obtained when only alcohol vapor was accessible to the flies, demonstrating the possibility of significant feeding through their respiration. This physiological capacity could be useful in wild conditions.


Alcohol Respiration Assimilation Alcohol Vapor Physiological Capacity 
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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Van Herrewege
    • 1
  • J. R. David
    • 1
  1. 1.Laboratoire d'Entomologie expérimentale et de Génétique (associé au C. N. R. S.)Université Claude BernardVilleurbanneFrance

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