, Volume 76, Issue 3, pp 139–143 | Cite as

Culture of Entomophthora muscae in vivo and its infectivity for six species of muscoid flies

  • J. P. Kramer
  • D. C. Steinkraus


A method for the continuous culture of Entomophthora muscae (Entomophthoraceae) in adult house flies (Musca domestica) is described. Using this method we have maintained the host-pathogen system in the laboratory for more than one year. The ability of this isolate to cause fatal infections in virtually all of the house flies at risk has remained constant. The face fly (Musca autumnalis), the onion fly (Hylemya antiqua), and the seed-corn fly (H. platura) are susceptible to this isolate. The stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans), the black blow fly (Phormia regina), and the false stable fly (Muscina stabulans) are not.


Conidial Germination Musca Domestica Fatal Infection Fresh Cadaver State Experiment Station 
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© Dr W. Junk Publishers 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • J. P. Kramer
    • 1
  • D. C. Steinkraus
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EntomologyCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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