For the decapitating phorid fly
releases, a total of 64 g of fire ants (about 64,000) were collected from 13 colonies at the Monterey site, and 28 g collected from 8 colonies at the Sonrisa site on 8 to 9 May 2014.
The major pests concerned to public health in Saudi Arabia are as follows: Carpenter ants, domestic flies (house fly, flesh fly, blow fly, moth fly, phorid fly
, fruit fly, etc), biting flies (midges, eye gnats, the horse fly, deer fly, black fly and stable fly), mosquitoes (aedes, anopheles, culex, etc), rats and mice, cockroaches (American, Oriental, German and brown banded), bed bugs, ticks and mites and rat fleas and so on.
Comparing the effects of five naturally occurring monosaccharide and oligosaccharide sugars on longevity and carbohydrate nutrient levels of a parasitic phorid fly
, Pseudacteon tricuspis.
Parasitism characteristics of two phorid fly
species in relation to their host, the leaf-cutting ant Atta laevigata (Smith) (Hymenoptera: Formicidae).
Search and attack strategies are diverse and characteristic of each phorid fly
species, allowing improved resource utilization and coexistence of several species in the same habitat (Erthal and Tonhasca 2000; Tonhasca et al.
Philpott, "Current understanding and future prospects of host selection, acceptance, discrimination, and regulation of phorid fly
parasitoids that attack ants," Psyche, vol.
The cast in this bug-world drama features four main players: the aforementioned Azteca instabilis ant, a tiny insect called the green coffee scale, the predatory lady beetle, and the parasitic phorid fly
In particular, they are responsible for the removal of dangerous parasites such as the phorid fly
. This creature sows its seed of destruction by laying its eggs into the crevices of the worker ants' head.
They reviewed pesticide labels, personal protective equipment, fungicide use, Integrated Pest Management and Phorid fly
In Texas, the phorid fly
is preying on South American fire ants.
"The relationship between phorid fly
and fire ant is very specific: The introduced phorid fly
species only attack imported fire ant species," says Porter.