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Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz vol.89 no.2 Rio de Janeiro Apr./Jun. 1994
Possible absence of attraction to odor in Panstrongylus megistus (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) under laboratory conditions
Instituto Oswaldo Cruz, Departamento de Biologia, Laboratório de Biologia e Controle de Vetores, Rio de Janeiro, Brasil
We tested the attraction of Panstrongylus megistus odor under laboratory conditons, between males and females of this species and by individuals of each sex on recently fed virgin couples. We employed a system of choice boxes both with or without aeration over the stimuli in the tested situations. We also observed a clear trend among the insects to remain in the central box where they had been placed in the beginning of the tests.
Key words: triatomines; Panstrongylus megistus; odor; attraction; Chagas' disease