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Observations on the peri-domestic breeding behaviour and resting sites of Glossina tachinoides Westw. near Nsukka, East Central State, Nigeria

  • D. A. T. Baldry (a1)

In 1964–65, breeding sites of the tsetse fly G. tachinoides Westw. near Nsukka in south-eastern Nigeria were found in peri-domestic situations (particularly beneath stacked coco-yam tubers and at the base of fences of pig enclosures) and in adjacent farmland (particularly beneath banana and coco-yam plants, under Lantana camara, at the base of farmland fences and around derelict farm buildings). Between them, these sites provide moisture conditions suitable for year-round breeding of G. tachinoides and are not exposed to unsuitably high temperatures (>90°F) for long periods. The night-time resting sites of G. tachinoides in three villages five miles east of Nsukka were sought between May and November 1966 using ordinary torchlight. The most popular resting-sites were dried fronds of oil and coconut palms used for fencing pig enclosures, but a few flies also rested on man-made objects in the villages and on vegetation nearby. Most flies were resting less than two feet above ground level. Day-time observations confirmed the night-time findings. G. tachinoides could probably be controlled, if not eradicated, in the Nsukka area by two applications, a fortnight apart, of DDT emulsion concentrate to pig enclosure fences and pig styes up to a height of 2–3 ft during March–May when the fly population is most concentrated around confined pigs.

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Bulletin of Entomological Research
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