Hydrotaea aenescens (Wiedemann) and Musca domestica L. were reared separately and successfully in poultry and pig manure with moisture levels of 50-80%. H. aenescens produced more pupae in poultry manure, but heavier pupae in pig manure. The reverse was true for M. domestica. Both flies were unable to complete their development at higher and lower moisture levels, however both species were from laboratory strains that have been selected for development at optimum moisture levels. Implications for biological control are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
- Insect Science