A laboratory provides a controlled environment that is ideal for investigating behavioral traits in insects. Noldus provides the perfect tools for in-depth behavioral studies, such as The Observer XT, EthoVision XT, and Track3D.
Amongst the most-studied species are fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) and mosquitoes.
Drosophila melanogaster have a lot more in common with us than some might think. Having 75% of the genes that cause human disease in common with us, and being very low-maintenance, makes you a popular animal model. Behavioral studies mostly focus on courtship, olfaction, memory, foraging, and activity. Examples are on the following pages:
As we all know, malaria is transferred person-to-person by malaria mosquitoes (Anopheles gambiae); therefore, much research is being done to find effective, but also economical, options to prevent malaria. Examples of research can be found here:
Find out more about insect behavior research in these blog posts.