Laboratory Evaluation of Two Aleocharine Parasites of the Face Fly1

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Two species of aleocharine staphylinid beetles were studied in the laboratory relative to their potential as parasites and predators of the face fly, Musca autumnlis De Geer. Aleochara bimaculata Gravenhorst a cosmopolitan parasite of other muscoid puparia in the United States, was found to parasitize less than 1% of face fly puparia and to cause 19.4% reduction of face flies by predation. Similar studies of a native French parasite of the face fly, A. tristis Gravenhorst, yielded an average of 13.5% parasitism, indicating the species may have a low searching capacity. Predation on face fly eggs and larvae by A. tristis caused a reduction of approximately 10% of face flies reaching the pupal stage.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1967

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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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