Development of an Autosterilization Technique for the House Fly

Authors: Fye, Richard L.; LaBrecque, G. C.; Morgan, Philip B.; Bowman, Malcom L.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 61, Number 6, 16 December 1968 , pp. 1578-1581(4)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Both sexes of Musca domestica L. were sterilized when they migrated through 10 cm of expanded polystyrene foam strands treated with 5% tepa. When 18 cm of the strands were used, the sterile males were equally or only slightly less competitive than normal males. Neither sex recovered fertility over 4 weeks. All adults emerging through treated strands that had been placed over pupae left undisturbed in the larval medium were sterilized. Ten days after emergence through the treated strands, the mortality of treated flies was 7% greater than that of untreated flies, but thereafter mortality was about equal. Native females were less receptive sexually to laboratory-reared sterilized males than to untreated native males. The maximum tepa recovered in flies that migrated through the treated strands was 21.1 g per fly from the integument, 24.9 g per fly from the homogenate, and 57.8 g per fly from the environment.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 16, 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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