Blood Feeding

by No Name Given

Original Text:


Table 2 presents the results of multiple feeding and oviposition in three replicates (A, B, C).
A total of 149 flies (52+50+47) of same age group (3-4 days old) were introduced for blood feeding on rabbits. Of which 56.38% (84/149) females that took a first blood meal and laid 2430 eggs with an average of 28.93 eggs per female. Out of 149 females flies only 65.60% (55) survived a first oviposition. Percentage of blood fed females was significantly higher (94.55%) on second blood meal as compared to a first blood meal (56.38%). Out of 52 ((26+11+18) females flies, 94.50% (52/55) took a second blood meal and laid 1442 eggs with an average of 27.73 eggs per fly and only 9.61%. (5/52) flies survived second oviposition. Similarly the percentage of blood fed females was also significantly higher (80%) even on third blood meal. Of 5 flies one fly died while handling, only 4 flies (2+2) , 80% took a third blood meal and laid 35 eggs with an average of 8.75% eggs per fly. No one survived a third oviposition. There was statistical significant difference between percentage of flies that took second and third blood meal as compared to first blood meal (p<.0001). Similarly there was statistical significant between oviposition survival (p<0.0001) from first blood meal to second and third blood meal.

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Revised Text:

Table 2 presents the results of multiple feeding and oviposition in three replicates (A, B, C).

A total of 149 flies (52+50+47) of the same age group (3-4 days old) were introduced for blood feeding on rabbits. Of these, 56.38% (84/149) were females that took a first blood meal and laid 2430 eggs with an average of 28.93 eggs per female.

Out of 149 females flies only 65.60% (55) survived a first oviposition. The percentage of blood fed females was significantly higher (94.55%) for a second blood meal when compared to a first blood meal (56.38%).

Out of 52 (26+11+18) female flies, 94.50% (52/55) took a second blood meal and laid 1442 eggs with an average of 27.73 eggs per fly. Only 9.61%. (5/52) flies survived second oviposition.

Similarly, the percentage of blood fed females was also significantly higher (80%) on a third blood meal. Of 5 flies, one fly died while handling, only 4 flies (2+2) 80%, took a third blood meal and laid 35 eggs with an average of 8.75% eggs per fly.

No fly survived a third oviposition. There was a statistically significant difference between the percentage of flies that took second and third blood meals as compared to the first blood meal (p<.0001). Similarly there was statistical significance between oviposition survival (p<0.0001) from the first blood meal to the second and third blood meals.


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