A Novel Marking/Release/Recapture Method for Possible Use in Determining Aspects of Tsetse Fly Behaviour

  • D. A. Turner


A method of marking tsetse flies is described based on the transfer of fluorescent pigment from marked males to females during copulation. Powder applied between the coxae of the male lodges in the scutellar groove of the female during mating. Powder persists well on males before mating and on females afterwards. Individual males can mark several females, and the marks of different males can be detected on females after multiple mating. Aspects of behaviour which may possibly be investigated using this method are described.

Key Words

Marking/release/recapture method tsetse fly behaviour 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. A. Turner
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  1. 1.International Centre of Insect Physiology and EcologyNairobiKenya

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