Technique to Extract Hypoderma sp. (Diptera: Oestridae) Larvae from the Backs of Cattle

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Cattle grub (Hypoderma sp.) larvae can be extracted from backs of cattle when as little as 1 ml of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is injected into the warble through the breathing hole. Larvae are expelled by the back pressure caused by the H2O2 activity. They then can be identified easily to in star and species because there is less physical damage to the specimen than is often seen in grubs extracted manually. This advantage is especially useful in research trials of control agents or in surveys when whole specimens are required. The technique also offers a method of grub extraction from untreated dairy or show cattle.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1986

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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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