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Thirst in the Blowfly, Lucilia cuprina


FACTORS controlling the oral intake of water by the blowfly, Phormia regina, have been investigated by Evans1 and Dethier and Evans2, who demonstrated that the acceptance or rejection of water by this insect is correlated with the volume of the blood. This communication describes experiments which indicate that the thirst mechanism of Lucilia cuprina differs in some respects from that of P. regina.

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  1. Evans, D. R., Nature, 190, 1132 (1961).

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  2. Dethier, V. G., and Evans, D. R., Biol. Bull., 121, 108 (1961).

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BROWNE, L. Thirst in the Blowfly, Lucilia cuprina. Nature 202, 1137–1138 (1964).

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