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Data from: Flight burst duration as an indicator of flight ability and physical fitness in two species of Tephritid fruit flies

posted on 2024-02-15, 18:34 authored by Nicholas ManoukisNicholas Manoukis, Lori Carvalho

These data are from a study on a new method to quantify flight ability and physical fitness of individual fruit flies which we term ‘Flight Burst Duration’ (FBD). The method consisted of tethering individual insects by the dorsal thorax using a vacuum and measuring the length of time the insect beats its wings while suspended off a surface. Consecutive measurements with Bactrocera dorsalis Hendel (Dipera: Tephritidae) and Zeugodacus cucurbitae Coquillett (Diptera: Tephritidae) in the same day and across days indicated that a single measurement was sufficient, and that FBD was consistent and repeatable. Insects under stress from starvation displayed shorter FBD over time, and we suggest that the measure also relates to the physical condition or survival fitness of the individual. Though somewhat laborious and timeconsuming, we proposed that FBD can be useful for research studies requiring individual-level phenome data and for obtaining estimates quality and dispersive movement for insects.

Resources in this dataset:

  • Resource title: Consecutive Burst Assay data File name: 2017-01_consecutive-data-complete-nal.csv

  • Resource title: Longitudinal and Nutritional Deprivation Test Data File name: 2023-08_longitudional-nutritional-data-complete-nal.csv

  • Resource title: Metadata File name: README.txt


USDA-ARS: 2040-22430-027-00D


Data contact name

Manoukis, Nicholas

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ISO Topic Category

  • farming

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

flight; physical fitness; fruit flies; thorax; wings; Bactrocera dorsalis; Zeugodacus cucurbitae; starvation

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:18 - Agricultural Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:040 - National Research

ARS National Program Number

  • 304

Pending citation

  • No

Public Access Level

  • Public

Preferred dataset citation

Manoukis, Nicholas; Carvalho, Lori (2023). Data from: Flight burst duration as an indicator of flight ability and physical fitness in two species of Tephritid fruit flies. Ag Data Commons.

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