Introduction, Laboratory Propagation, and Field Releases of Sturmiopsis inferensin the Philippines

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A tachinid parasitic fly, Sturmiopsis inferens Townsend, was introduced from India into the Philippines for biological control of various species of lepidopterous rice stem borers. In the laboratory, newly emerged adults were sexed, mated, and then confined in wooden cages for 9 days. After that time the females were dissected, the oviduct ruptured. and the maggots contained therein were transferred to host borers. Borers thus inoculated were reared for 15–20 days, during which time the maggots completed their larval development, bored their way out of the host, and pupated. After they emerged the adults were mated, confined in cages, and released in selected sites at frequent intervals. Stem borers were later collected from these sites, and many were found to be parasitized, showing that the introduced fly was becoming established and parasitizing the local borers in the field.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 15, 1971

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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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