Wednesday, 20 November 2002

This presentation is part of : Display Presentations, Subsection Cd. Behavior and Ecology

Phorid flies in Alabama: Have fire ant populations been affected?

Lawrence C. 'Fudd' Graham1, Sanford D. Porter2, and Vicky E. Bertagnolli1. (1) Auburn University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Funchess Hall, Auburn, AL, (2) USDA ARS Center for Medical and Veterinary Entomology, P.O. Box 14565, Gainesville, FL

Phorid flies in the genus Pseudacteon were initially established in Macon County, Alabama in 1999. Currently, Pseudacteon tricuspis is established in Macon, Houston, Lowndes and Baldwin counties and Pseudacteon curvatus is established in Talladega County. Imported fire ant populations at each release site and a paired control site have been estimated twice yearly. Populations were estimated using total mound counts and mound area.

Species 1: Hymenoptera Formicidae Solenopsis invicta and invicta x richteri (red imported fire ant, hybrid imported fire ant)
Species 2: Diptera Phoridae Pseudacteon tricuspis
Species 3: Diptera Phoridae Pseudacteon curvatus
Keywords: phorid fly, fire ant

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