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1 May 2000 Oviposition and Maintenance of Forcipomyia (Lasiohelea) townsvillensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in the Laboratory
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Fecundity, oogenesis, oviposition, and percentage egg hatch were quantified for the blood-feeding midge Forcipomyia (Lasiohelea) townsvillensis (Taylor). Data are similar to that reported for other species of blood-feeding Forcipomyia. Eggs rarely developed from a partial blood meal but invariably developed after a single, complete blood meal. Results suggest that this species is anautogenous. Oviposition media were investigated and a successful medium and holding chamber type identified. Longevity of adults in the laboratory was studied and indicates the possibility for >1 gonotrophic cycle to occur. Adult survival at different relative humidities showed midges can survive 35–98% RH. Rearing of larvae in the laboratory and culture media are discussed. The data supplied in this paper provide the basis for the laboratory culture of F. (L.) townsvillensis.

B. W. Cribb "Oviposition and Maintenance of Forcipomyia (Lasiohelea) townsvillensis (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) in the Laboratory," Journal of Medical Entomology 37(3), 316-318, (1 May 2000). https://doi.org/10.1603/0022-2585(2000)037[0316:OAMOFL]2.0.CO;2
Received: 14 July 1999; Accepted: 27 October 1999; Published: 1 May 2000
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