Mass rearing the tachinid fly argyrophylax basifulva, a parasitoid of the greater coconut spike moth [Tirathaba spp.] [Lep.: Pyralidae]


Argyrophylax basifulva (Bezzi) (Tachinidae) has proved to be an effective parasitoid in the control of Greater Coconut Spike Moth (Tirathaba complexa Butler) in Fiji. However, its use elsewhere has been hampered by difficulties in its mass rearing, particularly in obtaining matings. Techniques for rearing the fly that overcome these problems are given in this publication.


On a montré qu'A. basifulva est un parasitoïde efficace dans la lutte contre la pyraleT. complexa, aux iles Fidji. Cependant son utilisation ailleurs est gênée par les difficultés de son élevage de masse, particulièrement l'obtention des accouplements. Les techniques d'élevage de ce parasitoïde, qui surmontent ces problèmes, sont données dans cette publication.

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Godfray, H.C.J. Mass rearing the tachinid fly argyrophylax basifulva, a parasitoid of the greater coconut spike moth [Tirathaba spp.] [Lep.: Pyralidae]. Entomophaga 30, 211–215 (1985).

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  • Coconut
  • Tirathaba
  • Argyrophylax
  • Tachinidae
  • Mass Rearing