Learning in the Generalist Tachinid Parasitoid Exorista Mella Walker (Diptera: Tachinidae)

  title={Learning in the Generalist Tachinid Parasitoid Exorista Mella Walker (Diptera: Tachinidae)},
  author={John O. Stireman},
  journal={Journal of Insect Behavior},
  • J. Stireman
  • Published 1 September 2002
  • Biology
  • Journal of Insect Behavior
Many parasitoids have been shown to learn visual and/or olfactory cues associated with hosts. In contrast to the Hymenoptera, learning in dipteran parasitoids is relatively unstudied. This study explores the ability of a polyphagous tachinid, Exorista mella, to learn to associate visual and olfactory cues with hosts. In an experiment involving colored host models, flies trained on models of one color were subsequently attracted more strongly to models of the color that they had not experienced… 

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