oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The Coleoptera in poultry manure - potential predators of house flies, Musca domestica Linnaeus (Diptera: Muscidae)

Volume 51, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Twenty-three species representing 12 families of beetles collected from poultry manure in the eastern Cape are identified and listed. The most numerous species was Carcinops troglodytes and five species were uncommon. Seasonal variation in numbers is descriptionbed. Laboratory feeding preference was determined. The results indicate that beetles are important in natural control of house flies. The importance of management practices that keep the manure dry and favour predators and parasitoids, is emphasized.

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