Aerodynamic phenomena relevant to the olfactory orientation of walking adult Colorado beetles are discussed and a low-speed wind tunnel suitable for the study of olfactory orientation is described. It is concluded that in this wind tunnel the beetles respond to attractive plant volatiles by odour-conditioned anemotaxis. The presence of potted potato plants in the air stream of the wind tunnel causes positive anemotactic responses of male and female Colorado beetles. The maximum positive anemotactic response of the male beetles is obtained after 6 hours of starvation. Fully grown potato plants are more attractive to male beetles than young plants.
|Journal||Entomologia Experimentalis et Applicata|
|Publication status||Published - 1976|