A Study of Insecticide Resistance in House Flies of Germany and France1

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Strains of the house fly (Musca domestica L.) from nine areas of Germany and France were laboratory tested to determine their susceptibility to DDT, lindane, dieldrin and malathion by topical application in acetone solutions. All strains were derived from flies which were collected in the field and reared in the laboratory until several successive generations had been tested. All strains tested were found to be significantly resistant to DDT, a Heidelberg strain having an LD-50 (lethal dose required for .50% mortality) of 71 times, La Rochelle .44 times, Orleans 36.7 times, and Munich 29.7 times as great as a non-resistant laboratory strain cited. Similarly five strains showed a moderate degree of resistance to lindane and five to dieldrin. None were shown to be significantly resistant to malathion.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1959

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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