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laboratory Adaptation of an Indigenous Braconid Parasite to the Face Fly1,2

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A laboratory colony of the braconid palasite APhaereta pallipes (Say) capable of utilizing the face fly, Musca Autumnalis De Geer, as a host was developed by subjecting the abnormal host to oviposition through 27 generations. Average parasitism during the experiment was 45.4%, and average natural emergence was 8.1%. Highest parasitism, 90.4%, occurred during the 13th generation, and highest rate of natural emergence of adult parasites from the hard, calcareous face fly pup aria. 29.3%, occurred in the 18th generation. Genetic variability was low in the parent stock, and the colony declined in rate of parasitism on the face fly and in ability to break out of the hard puparia of the host.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1970

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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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