Influence of parasitism and soil compaction on pupation of the green bottle fly, Lucilia sericata

Jonathan A. Cammack, Peter H. Adler, Jeffery K. Tomberlin, Yuji Arai, William C. Bridges

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The influence of parasitoids and soil compaction on pupation behavior of blow flies was examined in a host-parasitoid system involving Lucilia sericata (Meigen) (Diptera: Calliphoridae) and Nasonia vitripennis (Walker) (Hymenoptera: Pteromalidae). Larvae of L. sericata were introduced to containers with soil of different compaction levels, with or without parasitoids. Although females of N. vitripennis did not significantly affect the pupation depth of L. sericata, they increased the rate of pupal development by 15.0-23.7 h at 28.4 ± 1.2 °C, and increased the clumping of puparia. Pupation depth of L. sericata was negatively related to soil compaction; mean depth of pupation was 4.4 cm in uncompacted soil and 0.5 cm in high-compaction soil. In high-compaction soil, pupal development increased by 10.5-18.8 h at 25.2 ± 0.3 °C, and puparia were clumped. These results provide a framework for locating puparia in forensic investigations and releasing appropriate parasitoids for biological control of blow flies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-141
Number of pages8
JournalEntomologia Experimentalis et Applicata
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Biological control
  • Blow fly
  • Burrowing behavior
  • Calliphoridae
  • Diptera
  • Forensic entomology
  • Hymenoptera
  • Nasonia vitripennis
  • Parasitoid
  • Pteromalidae

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Insect Science
  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics


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