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Face Fly Dispersal, Nocturnal Resting Places, and Activity During Sunset as Observed in 1963

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In preliminary studies, activity of face flies, Musca autumnalis DeGeer, during sunset was observed by releasing marked flies near 2 cows about 1 hr before sunset. A few marked flies and a few wild ones were noted on the cows several minutes after release. They appeared to leave the cattle when the level of natural light was still so high that artificial light would probably not be an effective attractant. In dispersal studies 24,000 individually marked flies were released in 4 different areas, 6000 flies per area. Several marked flies were found 2 miles from their release point after 24 hr. One fly was found 4 miles away after 5 days. Attempts were made to determine the flies' nocturnal resting places by releasing marked flies before sunset and then searching for them after sunset with UV lamps. Searches for marked flies during the late fall indicated that they spend the night in trees and in tall weeds rather than in or around barns.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1965

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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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