First record of Megaselia scalaris (Loew) (Diptera: Phoridae) infesting laboratory stocks of mantids (Parastagmatoptera tessellata, Saussure)

Publication Type  Journal Article
Year of Publication  2013
Authors  N. Mongiardino Koch; P. Fontanarrosa; J. Padro; I. M. Soto
Journal Title  Arthropods
Volume  2
Issue  1
Pages  1-6
Journal Date  03/2013
Short Title  First record of Megaselia scalaris (Loew) (Diptera: Phoridae) infesting laboratory stocks of mantids (Parastagmatoptera tessellata, Saussure)
Publisher  International Academy of Ecology and Environmental Sciences
ISSN Number  2224-4255
Key Words  scuttle fly; mantid; opportunistic parasitoid;cricket; laboratory rearing
Abstract  

We report the first record of Megaselia scalaris (Loew) infesting laboratory stocks of the praying mantis (Parastagmatoptera tessellata, Saussure). M. scalaris, the scuttle fly, is a cosmopolitan species with a broad niche as it performs as detritivore, facultative parasite, and parasitoid. M. scalaris larvae were found feeding inside adult mantids and, when development was completed, pupae were found inside the abdominal cavity and around the body. We discuss the presence of colonies of crickets bred as prey for the mantids as a facilitator of M. scalaris infestation.

URL  http://www.iaees.org/publications/journals/arthropods/articles/2013-2(1)/first-record-of-Megaselia-scalaris.pdf
DOI  DOI 10.0000/issn-2224-4255-arthropods-2013-v2-0001
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