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Dispersion of Insecticide-Resistant Populations of the House Fly, Musca domestica L.

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House flies, Musca domestica L., were collected by insect net from dairy barns in the area of Freehold, New Jersey, marked by suitable fluorescent dyes, and released in the same barns. Dispersion of flies to other barns was determined by night searches with a black light. Collections of flies from barns, traps, and fly ribbons also were used to determine fly movement. For some releases flies were reared on the farms. Over a 2-year period 9 experiments were conducted using 133,000 marked flies released at 6 locations. The studies showed that insecticide-resistant flies will move quite readily from one barn to another, moving at least a mile in a day and apparently in all directions. Flies were recovered up to 6.5 miles from the release point. Largest numbers of flies were recovered in barns where conditions seemed most favorable to flies. Reciprocal movement of flies between barns was shown in 3 instances. Measurement of the population at the release point at intervals after release indicated the size of the total fly population in these barns. This procedure permitted calculation of actual numbers of flies migrating to a given barn.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1966

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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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