Age-related activity patterns are moderated by diet in Queensland fruit flies Bactrocera tryoni

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dc.contributor.author Prenter, John
dc.contributor.author Weldon, Christopher W.
dc.contributor.author Taylor, Phillip W.
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-09T07:10:47Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-09T07:10:47Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.description.abstract Life-history parameters and the fitness of tephritid flies are closely linked to diet. Studies of locomotor behaviour can provide insights to these links, although little is known about how locomotor behaviour is influenced by diet. In the present study, video recordings of Queensland fruit flies Bactrocera tryoni Froggatt (Diptera: Tephritidae) (‘Q-flies’) that are maintained individually in cages are used to determine how diet affects the activity patterns (flight, walking, grooming, inactivity) of males and females at ages ranging from 4 to 30 days. The frequency and total duration of activities over 10-min trials are affected by diet, age and sex. Supplementation of diet with hydrolysed yeast results in a higher frequency and duration of flight in flies of all ages and both sexes. The effect of diet on other activities varies with age. Q-flies fed sugar only increase walking frequency steadily from 4 to 30 days posteclosion, whereas flies fed sugar+yeast have higher walking frequencies at 4 and 10 days than flies fed sugar only, although they then exhibit a sharp decline at 30 days post-eclosion. The frequency and duration of inactivity remain consistent in flies fed sugar+yeast, whereas flies fed sugar only exhibit a marked increase in inactivity from 4 to 30 days post-eclosion. Compared with older flies, 4 day-old Q-flies fed sugar only spend considerably more time grooming. The potential of activity monitoring as a quality control test for flies that are mass-reared for use in sterile insect technique programmes is discussed. en
dc.description.librarian hb2014 en
dc.description.librarian ab2014
dc.description.sponsorship The Citrus levy (project codes : CT05002 and CT07036). The Australian Government en
dc.description.uri http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-3032 en
dc.identifier.citation Prenter, J, Weldon, CW & Taylor, PW 2013, 'Age-related activity patterns are moderated by diet in Queensland fruit flies Bactrocera tryoni', Physiological Entomology, vol. 38, no. 3, pp. 260-267. en
dc.identifier.issn 0307-6962 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1365-3032 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.1111/phen.12023
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/39632
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Wiley-Blackwell en
dc.rights © 2013 The Royal Entomological Society,The definite version is available at : http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-3032 en
dc.subject Behaviour en
dc.subject Diet en
dc.subject Inactivity en
dc.subject Locomotor activity en
dc.subject Sugar en
dc.subject Tephritidae en
dc.subject Yeast hydrolysate en
dc.subject Bactrocera tryoni
dc.subject.lcsh Fruit-flies -- Food en
dc.subject.lcsh Insects -- Food en
dc.subject.lcsh Diptera en
dc.subject.lcsh Tephritidae en
dc.title Age-related activity patterns are moderated by diet in Queensland fruit flies Bactrocera tryoni en
dc.type Postprint Article en


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