Laboratory Propagation of Muscidifurax raptor on Face Fly Pupae1

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Muscidifurax raptor Girault and Sanders, a pteromalid wasp, was recovered in low numbers from pupae of the face fly, Musca autumnalis De Geer, during 1966 field studies in Virginia. It has been successfully propagated in the laboratory on face fly pupae by mechanically cracking the fly pup aria to aid parasite emergence. Parasitization is accomplished by penetration of the ovipositor through the posterior spiracles of the host. Less than5% of the adult parasites emerge unaided from the host puparia.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1968

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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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