Florida Entomologist (2005) 88, 107-110

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Ricardo J. Vazquez and Sanford D. Porter (2005)
Re-confirming host specificity of the fire ant decapitating fly Pseudacteon curvatus (Diptera: Phoridae) after field release in Florida
Florida Entomologist 88 (1), 107-110
Abstract: Post-release monitoring confirms that the Formosa biotype of P. curvatus is not attracted to non-Solenopsis ants. Flies were attracted to the native fire ant, S. geminata, at very low rates (<5% of that with S. invicta) but virtually no oviposition attempts were observed. Overall results were consistent with laboratory predictions except attraction rates to nontarget fire ants in the field were much lower than in small laboratory test chambers.
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Database assignments for author(s): Sanford D. Porter

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
classical biocontrol/new introduction
non-target effects/fate in environm.


Pest and/or beneficial records:

Beneficial Pest/Disease/Weed Crop/Product Country Quarant.


Solenopsis invicta U.S.A. (SE)
Pseudacteon curvatus (parasitoid) Solenopsis invicta U.S.A. (SE)