On an agricultural settlement in the Jordan Valley catches of Phlebotomus papatasi on sticky traps were seven times higher near turkey sheds than in nearby colonies of Psammomys obesus, their natural shelter. All but one of the undigested blood meals of Ph. papatasi caught in a radius of 100 m from the turkey sheds contained nucleated erythrocytes, while flies caught in a control area contained only mammalian blood. Nucleated erythrocytes were found in female flies caught up to a distance of 800 m from the turkey sheds.The study indicates that turkeys are highly attractive to Ph. papatasi.
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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. This investigation received financial support from the UNDP/World Bank/WHO special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases, and this support is gratefully acknowledged.