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Seasonal and spatial changes in blowfly production from small and large carcasses at Durham in lowland northeast England.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  10514049     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Colonization by blowflies (Diptera: Calliphoridae) of mouse carcasses exposed in open agricultural land near Durham (54 45'N) changed from early spring monopolization by Calliphora vicina R.-D. to a summer pattern of multiple species exploitation by this species together with Lucilia caesar L., L. illustris Mg., L. silvarum Mg., L. sericata Mg. and L. richardsi Collin. In a garden at the edge of Durham, mouse carcasses were dominated by C. vicina from spring to autumn. Difference in mouse colonization between the agricultural and garden sites seemed to reflect differences in the blowfly species present, as measured by baited trap catches at the sites. In sets of C. vicina reared from mice under conditions of competition for larval food, it was found that resulting females were significantly larger than males, size being measured as mean wing length. Blowfly production from three sheep carcasses exposed successively at the agricultural site was dominated by C. vomitoria L. and L. caesar, but also produced other Lucilia species in small numbers, including L. sericata. These L. sericata females from sheep that had died from causes other than myiasis included full-sized specimens, in contrast to those produced from mouse carcasses that were all undersized individuals. As L. sericata females trapped on sheep pastures are predominantly full-sized, this suggests that large carcasses may, in part, be a source of the L. sericata population that attacks sheep as a myiasis agent. The nature of large carcasses as possible sources of L. sericata in lowland Britain is discussed.
L Davies
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical and veterinary entomology     Volume:  13     ISSN:  0269-283X     ISO Abbreviation:  Med. Vet. Entomol.     Publication Date:  1999 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1999-11-30     Completed Date:  1999-11-30     Revised Date:  2003-11-14    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8708682     Medline TA:  Med Vet Entomol     Country:  ENGLAND    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  245-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Diptera / growth & development*

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