Ammonia attracts the haematophagous bug Triatoma infestans : behavioural and neurophysiological data on nymphs

@article{Taneja1997AmmoniaAT,
  title={Ammonia attracts the haematophagous bug Triatoma infestans : behavioural and neurophysiological data on nymphs},
  author={Jyoti Taneja and Patrick M. Guerin},
  journal={Journal of Comparative Physiology A},
  year={1997},
  volume={181},
  pages={21-34}
}
1) Nymphs of the haematophagous bug Triatoma infestans (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) are attracted to volatiles from their own faeces on a servosphere. 2) Biological substrates attractive to triatomines release NH3: wetted triatomine faecal papers release NH3 at 256 ppb NH3 from a 60-g source and stale rabbit urine at 394 ppb from 200 ml. Ammonia released from aqueous NH3 also attracts bugs at doses of 3 ppb and 17 ppb on the servosphere. 3) Bugs typically show negative anemotaxis in a stimulus… CONTINUE READING