Wednesday, 20 November 2002

This presentation is part of : Display Presentations, Subsection Cb. Apiculture and Social Insects

Release and establishment of the fire ant decapitating fly, Pseudacteon tricuspis, in the southeastern United States

Sanford D. Porter, USDA ARS Center for Medical and Veterinary Entomology, P.O. Box 14565, Gainesville, FL, Seth J. Johnson, Louisiana State Uinversity, Department of Entomology, Rm 402 Life Sciences Building, Baton Rouge, LA, Lawrence C. 'Fudd' Graham, Auburn University, Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, Funchess Hall, Auburn, AL, Paul M. Horton, Sandhills Research & Education Center, 900 Clemson Rd, Columbia, SC, and Tim Lockley, USDA, APHIS, PPQ MD IFA, 3505 25th Avenue, Gulfport, MS.

The decapitating fly, Pseudacteon tricuspis has been released as a self-sustaining biological control agent of imported fire ants in 11 states (1997-2002). This poster will describe the fate of those releases.

Species 1: Diptera Phoridae Pseudacteon tricuspis (decapitating fly)
Species 2: Hymenoptera Formicidae Solenopsis invicta (red imported fire ant)
Keywords: biological control

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