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Horsefly reactions to black surfaces: attractiveness to male and female tabanids versus surface tilt angle and temperature

Horváth, Gábor; Pereszlényi, Ádám; Egri, Ádám; Fritz, Benjamin; Guttmann, Markus; Lemmer, Uli; Gomard, Guillaume; Kriska, György

Tabanid flies (Diptera: Tabanidae) are attracted to shiny black targets, prefer warmer hosts against colder ones and generally attack them in sunshine. Horizontally polarised light reflected from surfaces means water for water-seeking male and female tabanids. A shiny black target above the ground, reflecting light with high degrees and various directions of linear polarisation is recognised as a host animal by female tabanids seeking for blood. Since the body of host animals has differently oriented surface parts, the following question arises: How does the attractiveness of a tilted shiny black surface to male and female tabanids depend on the tilt angle δ? Another question relates to the reaction of horseflies to horizontal black test surfaces with respect to their surface temperature. Solar panels, for example, can induce horizontally polarised light and can reach temperatures above 55 °C. How long times would horseflies stay on such hot solar panels? The answer of these questions is important not only in tabanid control, but also in the reduction of polarised light pollution caused by solar panels. To study these questions,we performed field experiments inHungary in the summer of 2019 with horseflies and black sticky and dry test surfaces. ... mehr

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000119804/pub
Veröffentlicht am 12.01.2021
DOI: 10.1007/s00436-020-06702-7
Zitationen: 1
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Mikrostrukturtechnik (IMT)
Lichttechnisches Institut (LTI)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 0932-0113, 1432-1955
KITopen-ID: 1000119804
HGF-Programm 43.22.03 (POF III, LK 01) Printed Materials and Systems
Erschienen in Parasitology research
Verlag Springer
Band 119
Seiten 2399–2409
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 19.05.2020
Schlagwörter Tabanid fly, Horsefly, Sticky insect trap, Tilted surface, Polarised light, Polarotaxis, Polarization vision, Thermoreception, Behavioural ecology, 2017-017-017771 HE
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