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.
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Portion of an MS thesis by S.W.B.
Research partially supported by State and Hatch funds.
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Bradley, S.W., Sheppard, D.C. House fly oviposition inhibition by larvae ofHermetia illucens, the black soldier fly. J Chem Ecol 10, 853–859 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00987968
- Hermetia illucens
- black soldier fly
- Musca domestica
- house fly
- oviposition inhibition
- oviposition-deterring allomone
- larval inhibition