Login | Request Account (DAF staff only)

Bacteria as a natural source of food for adult fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae)

Share this record

Add to FacebookAdd to LinkedinAdd to XAdd to WechatAdd to Microsoft_teamsAdd to WhatsappAdd to Any

Export this record

View Altmetrics

Drew, R.A.I., Courtice, A.C. and Teakle, D. S. (1983) Bacteria as a natural source of food for adult fruit flies (Diptera: Tephritidae). Oecologia, 60 . pp. 279-284. ISSN 1432-1939

Full text not currently attached. Access may be available via the Publisher's website or OpenAccess link.

Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00376839


Bacteria isolated from crops and stomachs of adult fruit flies feeding on mulberry fruit and leaf surfaces were cultured on agar and proved highly attractive to adult fruit flies and provided them with virtually a complete breeding diet. Diets of bacteria, sugar and water gave equal longevity and increased fecundity in Dacus tryoni (Froggatt) compared with the conventional diet of autolysed brewer's yeast, sugar and water. The type and abundance of leaf and fruit surface bacteria appears to be an important factor in the life history of tropical fruit flies.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Science > Microbiology > Bacteria
Animal culture > Insect culture and beneficial insects > Other insects
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Live Archive:16 Feb 2024 01:00
Last Modified:16 Feb 2024 01:00

Repository Staff Only: item control page