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Seasonal Abundance of Stable Flies (Diptera: Muscidae) on California Dairies

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Abundance of the stable fly, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.), was studied on six Tulare County, Calif., dairies from April to July 1985 and on six Riverside County, Calif., dairies from April 1985 to July 1986. Stable flies were common from late April through June in both areas, and the house fly, Musca domestica L., was predommant in late summer and fall in Riverside County. Stable fly sticky trap catches averaged <400 flies per trap during peak prevalence in 1985 (drought year), but exceeded 500 flies per trap for 3 wk in 1986. Stable flies on cattle exceeded four flies per leg for 3–5 wk in 1985 and exceeded six flies per leg for 6–10 wk in 1986. Herd average leg counts >25 flies per leg were common in 1986 during peak abundance. Stable flies seem to be an important seasonal problem on California dairies.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1987

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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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