Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
Print version ISSN 0074-0276
Artificial Feeding of Amblyomma cajennense (Fabricius, 1787) (Acari: Ixodidae) through Silicone Membrane. Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 1997, vol.92, n.4, pp. 545-548. ISSN 0074-0276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02761997000400019.
An artificial feeding system was used where citrated bovine blood was offerred to male and female Amblyomma cajennense. Vestiges of blood, sweat, hair and exfoliated skin were used as phago-stimulants placed on the surface of the silicone membrane. The ticks were collected, as engorged nymphs, from naturally infested equines, with the ecdysis occurring in the laboratory. Four hundred ticks were used, 50% being female, at three to four weeks post-ecdysis. Vestiges of blood on the silicone membrane were the most efficient phago-stimulant and the association of vestiges of blood and sweat residue smears yielded better results compared to the other phago-stimulants used
Keywords : Amblyomma cajennense; silicone membranes; artificial feeding; equines.