Food of Housefly Larvæ

Abstract

ALTHOUGH considerable information has been published on the nutritional requirements of fly larvæ (refs. 1–5 and Mer, G. G., personal communication) the actual natural food of these insects has never been unequivocally described. The biotopes of housefly larvæ consist of a variety of materials which by themselves appear nutritionally inadequate, but which have dense microbial floras (for example, animal excrements).

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