Accession Number : AD0756656

Title :   Biology, Ecology and Control of 'Musca sorbens'.

Descriptive Note : Annual technical progress rept. no. 2, 1 Sep 71-31 Aug 72,

Corporate Author : HAWAII UNIV HONOLULU DEPT OF ENTOMOLOGY

Personal Author(s) : Mitchell,Wallace C. ; Tamashiro,Minoru ; Mau,Ronald F. L. ; Okada,Edwin S.

Report Date : 29 DEC 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Studies were initiated to determine the actual part that dog feces plays in the adult dog dung fly biology. Adult females of all physiological age groups were attracted to dog feces. In the laboratory, comparisons of ovarian development were made with adult flies fed on liver and dog feces. Further studies were conducted to evaluate the quality of dog feces as an adult food. A 12-month survey of M. sorbens abundance at four locations in Honolulu was completed. The graphical representation of comparative seasonal abundance of the three most numerous species of flies trapped at each study area are shown. Numbers of male M. sorbens trapped at each site were on the average always fewer than that of females. In general, populations of M. sorbens remained continually higher at the warm dry sites throughout the year. Biological control of Musca sorbens was studied with a pupal parasite of muscoid flies, Exoristobia philippinensis, and the microsporidian parasite, Octosporea muscadomesticae Flu.

Descriptors :   (*DIPTERA, BIOLOGY), (*ECOLOGY, DIPTERA), REPRODUCTION(PHYSIOLOGY), LIFE CYCLES, HYMENOPTERA, PARASITES, MALES, FEMALES, DISTRIBUTION, CONTROL, ENTOMOLOGY

Subject Categories : Anatomy and Physiology

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE