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Color attraction of the crepuscular hawk moth (Nephele hespera) (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae)

Publication Type:Journal Article
Year of Publication:2017
Authors:S. Dararun, Bumroongsook, S., Tigvattananont, S.
Journal:International Journal of Agricultural Technology
Volume:13
Issue:3
Start Page:403
Pagination:403-411
Date Published:05/2017
ISSN:1686-9141
Keywords:APOCYNACEAE, CARISSA, FLOWER COLOUR, NEPHELE, POLLINATION, PROBOSCIS, SPHINGIDAE
Abstract:

"The crepuscular hawk moth (Nephele hespera) belongs to the family Sphingidae, subfamily Macroglossinae. Hawk moths is known as a pollinator in nature. It is a stenophagous organism which the larva feed only young karunda leaves (Carissa carandas L.). The objectives of this study is to investigate the color and  structure of karunda flowers (n=30), crepuscular hawk moths’ proboscis, and the color of artificial flowers attraction and amount of 25% honey solution uptake of the hawk moths. The results showed that karunda’s flowers were white color with a tubular shaped flowers (averaged 19.20±1.16 mm long). The proboscis length of the male and female hawk moth was 46.03±2.33 and 44.03 ± 2.08 mm, respectively. The uptake of honey solution from violet, yellow, pink, white and chartreuse green of artificial flowers was 0.51±0.04, 0.53±0.08, 0.55±0.09, 0.60±0.15 และ 0.64±0.12 ml/adult, respectively. The frequency visit of adult hawk moths to various colors of artificial flowers was presented in order from high to low was as follows: chartreuse green, white, yellow, pink and violet."

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