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Mortality of Eggs and First-Stage Larvae of the House Fly, Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae), in Poultry Manure

Gary D. Propp and Philip B. Morgan
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Vol. 58, No. 3 (Jul., 1985), pp. 442-447
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25084664
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Topics: Flies, Predators, Manure, Mortality, Poultry manure, Insect larvae, Eggs, Arthropods, Poultry, Mites
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Mortality of Eggs and First-Stage Larvae of the House Fly, Musca domestica L. (Diptera: Muscidae), in Poultry Manure
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Abstract

The activities of predators and scavengers found in accumulated poultry manure in Florida resulted in as much as a 97% reduction in the number of house flies recovered from artificially infested containers. The most abundant predators were Carcinops pumilio Erichson, Solenopsis invicta Buren, Euborellia annulipes (Lucas), and unidentified staphylinids, macrochelids and pseudoscorpions, while the most abundant scavenger was Alphitobius diaperinus (Panzer). These results suggest that competitors, scavengers, and generalist predators may be as important as parasitoids in reducing house fly numbers.

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