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1 February 2013 Effect of Fluctuating Temperatures on the Development of a Forensically Important Blow Fly, Protophormia terraenovae (Diptera: Calliphoridae)
Jodie-A. Warren, Gail S. Anderson
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Experiments were conducted to compare the immature development of Protophormia terraenovae (Robineau-Desvoidy) at fluctuating temperatures of 4–28 and 9–23°C to their mean constant temperature, 16°C. Overall development was fastest at the greater fluctuation and slowest at the constant temperature but showed similar percentages of development time in each stage. The rate summation effect is suspected to have caused this difference in development rate because fluctuations above the mean increase the rate relatively more than temperatures below the mean can lower the rate.

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Jodie-A. Warren and Gail S. Anderson "Effect of Fluctuating Temperatures on the Development of a Forensically Important Blow Fly, Protophormia terraenovae (Diptera: Calliphoridae)," Environmental Entomology 42(1), 167-172, (1 February 2013). https://doi.org/10.1603/EN12123
Received: 20 April 2012; Accepted: 23 October 2012; Published: 1 February 2013
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