Flight muscle and flight activity of melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae)

Authors

  • Farhana Ferdousi Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Shanjida Sultana Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Tangin Akter Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Pinakshi Roy Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh
  • Shefali Begum Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/dujbs.v30i2.54644

Keywords:

Bactrocera cucurbitae, Bitter melon, Flight muscle, Flight activity

Abstract

The flight activity and flight muscle of the melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Coquillett) (Diptera: Tephritidae) were observed. The Tethered technique was used to observe the flight activity in this study. The flight activity, and wing and flight muscles were compared between male and female melon flies. The results indicate that the female was relatively better and strong flier than the male. The mean duration of the flight activity of the females was 13.90 min/hour and of the males was 7.12 min./hour. The mean length, width, volume of wings of the males were 6.07 mm, 2.67 mm and 10.99 mm³, respectively. On the other hand, the mean length, width and volume of the wings of females were 7.07 mm, 2.87 mm and 15.60 mm³, respectively. In case of wing muscles, the mean volume of dorsal longitudinal muscle (DLM) in male and female was found 5.20 mm³ and 5.67 mm³, respectively. The mean length of flight wing muscle of male and female was 2.22 and 2.23 mm, respectively and the mean breadth of male and female was 1.65 and 1.77 mm, respectively.

Dhaka Univ. J. Biol. Sci. 30(2): 179-185, 2021 (July)

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Published

2021-07-09

How to Cite

Ferdousi, F., Sultana, S., Akter, T., Roy, P., & Begum, S. (2021). Flight muscle and flight activity of melon fly, Bactrocera cucurbitae (Diptera: Tephritidae). Dhaka University Journal of Biological Sciences, 30(2), 179–185. https://doi.org/10.3329/dujbs.v30i2.54644

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