Tachinaephagus zealandicus Ashmead is a gregarious endoparasitoid that attacks third instars of muscoid flies, including house flies, Musca domestica L. A colony of this parasitoid was established from samples collected from a poultry farm in Santa Cruz da Conceição, São Paulo, Brazil. The objective of this study was to evaluate the influence of feeding treatment, host density and temperature on attack rates on T. zealandicus. Parasitoids that were given honey as adults attacked two to three times as many house fly larvae (25 host attacks/female/d) as parasitoids that were given only water or nothing. Host attacks and progeny production by T. zealandicus on house fly and Chrysomyia putoria increased over the range of host:parasitoid ratios tested, reaching a maximum of 21–22 hosts killed and 13 progeny produced/female/d at the highest host density of 32 larvae/female. Host attacks were higher at 22°C than at the other temperatures studied (20–29°C), but differences in attack rates were small over the range of 20–27°C (10–13 host attacks/female). Comparatively few hosts (6.3) were attacked at 29°C. Higher rates of progeny production also were observed among parasitoids tested at lower temperatures (9–11 progeny produced/female at 20–22°C) than at 29°C (1.8 progeny/female). Females of T. zealandicus that were stored at 15°C after emergence had highest rates of host attacks (58–62 hosts killed per group of five female parasitoids) and progeny production (174–261 progeny) after 6–12 d of storage at this temperature; relatively few hosts were attacked or parasitized (6–9 host attacks and progeny/group) after 0 or 1 d at 15°C.
You have requested a machine translation of selected content from our databases. This functionality is provided solely for your convenience and is in no way intended to replace human translation. Neither BioOne nor the owners and publishers of the content make, and they explicitly disclaim, any express or implied representations or warranties of any kind, including, without limitation, representations and warranties as to the functionality of the translation feature or the accuracy or completeness of the translations.
Translations are not retained in our system. Your use of this feature and the translations is subject to all use restrictions contained in the Terms and Conditions of Use of the BioOne website.