Effect of Three Chemosterilants on House Fly Longevity and Sterility1


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 57, Number 1, February 1964 , pp. 89-93(5)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Studies of the relationship between concentrations of metepa, apholate, and tepa in the diet and degree of sterility induced in adult house flies, Musca domestica L., showed that wider variation resulted than would be expected from similar tests with insecticides, but construction of valid concentration/sterility regression lines was still possible. The calculated sterility concentrations (SC50 and SC90) of metepa and apholate were similar; tepa sterilized at lower concentrations.

Metepa and apholate at 1% substantially shortened the lifespan, although a slight delay in initial male mortality occurred. More than 90% of the males survived the first 10 days, which, time is probably sufficient to allow mating with most of the females that emerge at the same time as the males.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1964

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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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