A Study of Insects Attracted to Selected Baits in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

A Study of Insects Attracted to Selected Baits in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria

Ekejiuba Emeka Emmanuel, Ewuim Sylvanus Chima and Ogbodo Chinenye Vera

Department of Zoology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka, Nigeria

International Journal of Animal Research

Insects attracted to five selected baits which includes; honey, sugar, dry fish, stock fish and cray fish in two environments were studied in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria using funnel trapping technique. T-test was used to analyse the relative abundance of the insects collected between the two environments at 5% significance level. The individual insects collected were identified into four (4) orders, six (6) families and (8) species. A total of 495 insects were collected from the study and the total number of insects attracted to the field (295) was higher than that collected from the store (200). The results further showed that out of the four insect orders captured, Hymenoptera recorded the highest number of insects in both environments (346), while Lepidoptera had the least number of insects (13). Paratrechina sp. was the highest insect species collected throughout the study with the relative abundance of (25.25%) while Galleria mellonella was the least species collected with the relative abundance of (2.63%) and strictly associated with the honey bait. There was no significant difference between the insect orders attracted to baits in the two environments (P=0.16).The present research linked the high number of captured insect species to the foraging activities on the baits.

Keywords: insects, baits, environments, funnel trap

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Ekejiuba Emeka Emmanuel, Ewuim Sylvanus Chima and Ogbodo Chinenye Vera. A Study of Insects Attracted to Selected Baits in Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria. International Journal of Animal Research, 2019; 4:29.


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