Journal of Economic Entomology (1997) 90, 135-138

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Sanford D. Porter, David F. Williams and Richard S. Patterson (1997)
Rearing the decapitating fly Pseudacteon tricuspis (Diptera: Phoridae) in imported fire ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the United States
Journal of Economic Entomology 90 (1), 135-138
Abstract: The South American phorid fly Pseudacteon tricuspis Borgmeier was imported into quarantine facilities in Gainesville, FL, to study its life history and determine if it could be reared on imported fire ant workers from North America. We found that this fly developed successfully on Solenopsis invicta Buren workers from Florida and hybrid Solenopsis richteri Forel x S. invicta fire ant ants from Mississippi. It also was reared on S. richteri and S. invicta fire ants from Argentina. This fly, like its congener Pseudacteon litoralis Borgmeier, had the peculiar habit of decapitating its living host and using the ant's empty head capsule as its pupal case. We were able to rear this fly through 1 complete generation in the laboratory, indicating that mass rearing for inoculative releases in the United States may be possible.
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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:
rearing/culturing/mass production

Pest and/or beneficial records:

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

Solenopsis invicta U.S.A. (SE)
Solenopsis richteri U.S.A. (mid S)
Pseudacteon tricuspis (parasitoid) Solenopsis invicta
Pseudacteon tricuspis (parasitoid) Solenopsis richteri