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Mass Rearing of Face Flies

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Current rearing techniques were amplified and modified to produce between 35,000 and 40,000 pupae of Musca autumnalis De Geer per day. An average of 30,857 pupae were produced per adult cage over a 23- to 26-day lifetime. Adult face flies were reared on a mixed dry diet of powdered egg. powdered milk and sugar, and free choice water. Larvae were reared in fresh bovine feces mixed to ca. 80% water. The insectary was maintained on a 16: 8h L:D cycle at 25 to 28°C and 50 to 60% RH. Modified adult cages, shallow larval rearing pans, dry pupation pans, and specially made shelves and tables minimized handling of larval, pupal, and adult stages.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1981

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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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