Florida Entomologist (2007) 90, 268-270

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Steven M. Valles and Sanford D. Porter (2007)
Pseudacteon decapitating flies: Potential vectors of a fire ant virus?
Florida Entomologist 90 (1), 268-270
Abstract: Experiments were conducted to evaluate whether the Solenopsis invicta virus (SINV) was detectable in Pseudacteon obtusus or Pseudacteon litoralis that either completed their development or oviposited in SINV-infected S. invicta. Nests containing SINV-infected fire ants were identified in Florida and Pseudacteon flies emerging from infected nests were evaluated for the presence of SINV. Our data showed that Pseudacteon flies (P. obtusus and P. litoralis) feeding upon SINV-infected ants do not acquire the virus.
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Database assignments for author(s): Steven M. Valles, Sanford D. Porter

Research topic(s) for pests/diseases/weeds:
biocontrol - natural enemies
Research topic(s) for beneficials or antagonists:
environment/habitat manipulation


Pest and/or beneficial records:

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


Solenopsis invicta U.S.A. (SE)
Pseudacteon litoralis (parasitoid) Solenopsis invicta U.S.A. (SE)
Pseudacteon obtusus (parasitoid) Solenopsis invicta U.S.A. (SE)
Solenopsis invicta virus 1 (entomopathogen) Solenopsis invicta U.S.A. (SE)