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A Cline in Frequency of Autosomal Males Is Not Associated with Insecticide Resistance in House Fly (Diptera: Muscidae)

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Geographic variation in the chromosomal location of the male sex determining factor (M) was studied in four house fly, Musca domestica L., populations from the eastern United States. We found a strong clinal trend (29° 41′ latitude in Florida to 44° 2′ in Maine) in which the percentage of standard XYM males increased with increasing latitude. In Florida, 100% of the males possessed the M factor on the third autosome (IIIM). North Carolina had 20% IIIM males and 2.35% with both YM and IIIM. Fewer IIIM males were found in New York (4.35%). Populations from Maine contained 100% XYM males. In two of three standard laboratory-susceptible strains, all males carried M on an autosome (“autosomal males” or AM): CS (IIIM) and SRS (VM). Insecticide bioassays of four field-collected strains led us to conclude that resistance is not correlated with sex determination over a broad range of insecticides. For example, high levels of resistance to permethrin (86–99% survival at a diagnostic concentration) were found in all four field-collected strains. The five other insecticides evaluated showed varying levels of resistance among field strains. We conclude that a cline is present in house fly populations from the eastern United States with 100% IIIM males in the south and entirely YM males in the north and that insecticide resistance is not a key factor influencing the evolution or linkage of M.

Keywords: crossover frequency; evolution; organophosphate; pyrethroid; sex determination

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 2005

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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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