• Behavioural analysis of feeding and reproduction in haematophagous insects

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      Haematophagous insects; Behaviour; Feeding; Reproduction

    • Abstract

       

      The only common factor the haematophagous arthropods share among themselves is the blood sucking habit. This habit which ties them down to an unnatural assemblage, confers on them certain parallelism even in their natural diversities. Behavioural activities of haematophagous arthropods, like those of many other animals, centre around 3 major aspects: searching for a suitable host and feeding on it; meeting of the sexes and finding a suitable place for oviposition.

      Behaviour of blood sucking insects assume importance because these insects act as vectors of many blood-borne infections of man and animals. In this article, feeding and reproductive behaviours of haematophagous insects are analysed on certain hierarchy of events like: motivation; search and consummation.

    • Author Affiliations

       

      R S Prasad1

      1. Department of Zoology, University of Kerala, Kariavattom, Trivandrum - 695 581, India
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