oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Brief notes on the reproductive morphology of Mutilla glossinae Turner (Hymenoptera) and the development of its immature stages

Volume 32, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Biological control of the tsetse fly, Glossina spp., by its insect parasites has long been desired. To date, the parasite which has been bred most successfully in large numbers in the laboratory is Syntomosphyrum glossinae (Lamborn, 1925 and Chorley, 1929). However, extensive releases of this parasite by Nash (1933) and Lloyd & Jackson (Swynnerton, 1936) in East Africa proved unsuccessful, largely due to its inability to penetrate the soil to attack the tsetse puparia. Sporadic and unsuccessful attempts have been made at breeding dipterous parasites of the genus Thyridanthrax, which was descriptionbed by Taylor (1932) as ""most unadaptable to artificial conditions"".

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