Journal of Chemical Ecology

, Volume 10, Issue 6, pp 853–859 | Cite as

House fly oviposition inhibition by larvae ofHermetia illucens, the black soldier fly

  • Susan W. Bradley
  • D. C. Sheppard


Wild populations of house flies were inhibited from ovipositing into poultry manure containing larvae of the black soldier fly,Hermetia illucens (L.). A laboratory strain of house fly responded differently, readily ovipositing into manure with lower densities of soldier fly larvae, but avoiding the higher densities tested. The amount of timeH. illucens larvae occupy the manure prior to an oviposition test influences ovipositional responses of house flies. Manure conditioned byH. illucens larvae for 4–5 days did not significantly inhibit house fly oviposition. We suggest that some type of interspecific chemical communication (allomone) is present.

Key words

Diptera Stratiomyidae Hermetia illucens black soldier fly Muscidae Musca domestica house fly oviposition inhibition oviposition-deterring allomone larval inhibition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Susan W. Bradley
    • 1
  • D. C. Sheppard
    • 1
  1. 1.University of GeorgiaCoastal Plain Experiment StationTifton

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