Darshana Rathnayake

Darshana_N_Rathnayake - Darshana Rathnayake MudiyanselageMy research focuses on predator-prey interactions in Queensland fruit flies. I aim to identify effective biological agents to control this pest species using both behavioural and molecular approaches. Further, my research investigates how susceptible sterile male Q-flies are to the natural predators compared to the wild flies and thereby to identify the effectiveness of SIT in controlling Q-flies.

Twitter: @darshrathnayake


BSc (Biology) – University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka


Barry, K. L., White, T. E., Rathnayake, D. N., Fabricant, S. A. and Herberstein, M. E. (2015), Sexual signals for the colour-blind: cryptic female mantids signal quality through brightness. Functional Ecology, 29: 531–539. doi:10.1111/1365-2435.12363

Jayaweera, A., D. N. Rathnayake, K. S. Davis and K. L. Barry (2015). The risk of sexual cannibalism and its effect on male approach and mating behaviour in a praying mantid. Animal Behaviour 110: 113-119. doi: 10.1016/j.anbehav.2015.09.021