Skip to main content
×
Home
    • Aa
    • Aa

Lipid consumption in Ixodes ricinus (Acari: Ixodidae): temperature and potential longevity

  • R.P. van Es (a1), J.E. Hillerton (a1) and G. Gettinby (a2)
Abstract
Abstract

The effect of temperature on the rate of consumption of the lipid reserves in Ixodes ricinus Linnaeus was characterized in constant temperature experiments. There was a consistent linear relationship between temperature and lipid consumption in nymphs and adult females and males between 5 and 37°C. Nymphs and adults were able to withstand extended periods of exposure to temperatures within the range of 2–37°C, although at 2°C there was evidence of thermal stress. The variance about the median rate of lipid consumption was found to increase with increasing rate of lipid consumption. Predictions of longevity were made using the rates of lipid consumption for the three stages studied, which ranged from 16 weeks to more than two years depending on temperature and stage. The predictions were consistent with reported survival times for I. ricinus and followed patterns reported for other ixodid ticks.

Copyright
Corresponding author
p1 Author for correspondence. Fax: 44 1635 577299 E-mail: eric.hillerton@bbsrc.ac.uk
Linked references
Hide All

This list contains references from the content that can be linked to their source. For a full set of references and notes please see the PDF or HTML where available.

A.R. Jutsum & G.J. Goldsworthy (1976) Fuels for flight in Locusta. Journal of Insect Physiology 22, 243249.

J. MacLeod (1935) Ixodes ricinus in relation to its physical environment. II. Factors governing survival and activity. Parasitology 27, 123144.

R.A.I. Norval (1977) Studies on the ecology of the tick Amblyomma hebraeum Koch in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. II. Survival and development. Journal of Parasitology 63, 740747.

H.T. Ratte (1984) Temperature and insect development. pp. 3365in K.H. Hoffmann (Ed.) Environmental physiology and biochemistry of insects. Berlin, Springer Verlag.

P.J.H. Sharpe & D.W. DeMichele (1977) Reaction kinetics of poikilotherm development. Journal of Theoretical Biology 64, 649670.

O.F. Strey , P.D. Teel , D.R. Ring & M.T. Longnecker (1991) Modelling embryo development and emergence of Boophilus annulatus (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 28, 165173.

G.K. Sweatman (1967) Physical and biological factors affecting the longevity and oviposition of engorged Rhipicephalus sanguineus female ticks. Journal of Parasitology 53, 432445.

T.L. Wagner , H. Wu , P.J.H. Sharpe & R.N. Coulson (1984) Modelling distributions of insect development time: a literature review and application of the Weibull function. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 77, 475487.

M.L. Wilson , E.A. Dykstra & B.A. Schmidt (1993) Temperature- and humidity-dependent longevity of unfed adult Hyalomma truncatum (Acari: Ixodidae). Journal of Medical Entomology 30, 467471.

P.W. Winston & D.H. Bates (1960) Saturated solutions for the control of humidity in biological research. Ecology 41, 232237.

Recommend this journal

Email your librarian or administrator to recommend adding this journal to your organisation's collection.

Bulletin of Entomological Research
  • ISSN: 0007-4853
  • EISSN: 1475-2670
  • URL: /core/journals/bulletin-of-entomological-research
Please enter your name
Please enter a valid email address
Who would you like to send this to? *
×

Metrics

Full text views

Total number of HTML views: 0
Total number of PDF views: 5 *
Loading metrics...

Abstract views

Total abstract views: 31 *
Loading metrics...

* Views captured on Cambridge Core between September 2016 - 27th May 2017. This data will be updated every 24 hours.