Journal of Insect Science (2010) 10 (11), 1-17

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W.U. Blanckenhorn, A.J. Pemberton, L.F. Bussière, J. Roembke and K.D. Floate (2010)
A review of the natural history and laboratory culture methods for the yellow dung fly, Scathophaga stercoraria
Journal of Insect Science 10 (11), 1-17
Abstract: The yellow dung fly Scathophaga stercoraria (L.) (Diptera: Scathophagidae) is a widespread and locally abundant fly associated with the dung of large mammals, especially farm animals. This species has recently become a standard test organism for evaluating toxic effects of veterinary pharmaceuticals in livestock dung. In this context, a review of its natural history and a general description of the field and laboratory rearing methods of this species are provided here to benefit the scientific community as well as government regulators and applicants of eco-toxicological studies. For guidance, means and ranges are included for all relevant standard life history traits stemming from previously published data on Swiss populations.
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(original language: English)
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general biology - morphology - evolution
rearing/culturing/mass production


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Scathophaga stercoraria Switzerland