Face Fly Oviposition Studies

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Emerging males nd females of the face fly, Muscautumnalis DeGeer, were caged together for 4 days, after which females were isolated in individual cages. Egg-laying records of 120 selected females were taken each day until natural death occurred, to determine frequency of egg deposition. Eggs were laid in batches of about 20 (maximum 31), with 2–8 days between batches. Average percent of eggs from which pupae developed was 78.2%. One individual lived 58 days and laid 230 eggs in 10 batches, 189 pupae developing from these eggs. Examination of the ovaries of 112 females at known intervals after egg deposition revealed that the eggs were deposited as soon as they became full sized in the ovaries.

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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