How to increase the population of a Phlebotomus perniciosus (Diptera: Psychodidae) colony: a new method

Pedro María Alarcón-Elbal, Begoña García Montoliu, Rocío Pinal, Sarah Delacour-Estrella, Ignacio Ruiz-Arrondo, Miguel Ángel Peribáñez, Ignacio De Blas, Ricardo Molina, Juan Antonio Castillo, Lorenzo Diéguez-Fernández, Javier Lucientes
2011 Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz  
The sandfly Phlebotomus perniciosus is the most widespread vector of Leishmania infantum in Spain. Laboratory colonisation represents the most feasible source of information on the biology of these insects, but in conducting any study, the density of individuals in the colony may drop to such an extent that it is sometimes difficult to recover the initial population levels. A new technique was tested for the recovery of sandfly eggs in three different colonies; the recovery rate was studied by
more » ... ate was studied by comparing the standard method of mass rearing with this new method of colony management. The results demonstrate a mean increase of 18.4% in adult production, a growth in colony productivity that justifies the inclusion of this process in the routine maintenance of any colony of sandflies.
doi:10.1590/s0074-02762011000600013 pmid:22012228 fatcat:gbp7bjir3zaezmxq6pz6abljyq