Impact of marker dye on adult eclosion and flight ability of mass-produced Queensland fruit fly 'Bactrocera tyroni' (Froggatt) (Diptera: Tephritidae)

Bernard C. Dominiak, Selliah Sundaralingam, Laura Jiang, Andrew J. Jessup, Idris M. Barchia

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    Abstract

    Sterile Queensland fruit flies Bactrocera tryoni (Froggatt) (Diptera: Tephritidae) are commonly marked with fluorescent dye to assist with subsequent identification after release and recapture. The impact of dye on adult eclosion and flight ability was tested using eight concentrations of dye (Swada, Fiesta Astral Pink) from 0 to 4.5 g/L of pupae. There was no significant difference in eclosion rates between undyed pupae (control) and pupae dyed at a concentration of 1.0 g/L. For dye concentrations of 1.5–4.5 g/L, adult eclosion rates declined from 85.7% to 77.4% and were significantly different from the control. Flight ability indices ranged from 92.1% to 83.3%. There was no significant difference in flight ability between control pupae and those dyed at 1.0 g/L and 3.5 g/L pupae, but other pupae from other dye concentrations were significantly different from the control. Pupal weight ranged from 8.3 to 10.2 mg and there was no significant relationship between pupal weight and adult eclosion or flight ability.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)166-169
    Number of pages4
    JournalAustralian Journal of Entomology
    Volume49
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • bactrocera
    • insect mass production
    • insect quality parameter

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