oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Facultative predation of house fly larvae by larvae of Ophyra capensis (Wiedemann) (Diptera: Muscidae)

Volume 47, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Ophyra caperuis (Wiedemann) is a part of the fauna of manure accumulations in poultry houses. The larvae are facultative predators; they may be raised without prey on ordinary fly larval medium. Laboratory studies indicate that O. caperuis is an effective predator of house fly larvae. O. capellsis may be suitable for house fly control by inundative release.

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