The role of medium conditioning in population dynamics of the housefly, Musca domestica

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1973

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Behavioral preference tests were used to investigate the role of larval medium conditioning in the population dynamics of the housefly, Musca domestica. It was found that larvae were strongly attracted to medium conditioned by themselves or conditioned by larvae of other strains, and that adult females overwhelmingly oviposited in fresh medium. The conditioning of the medium occurs a few hours after the hatching of an egg cohort and effectively prevents overcrowding at a single site by "shutting off" further ovipositing at that site. In conjunction with previous literature, these results permitted construction of a model for the regulation of local larval densities which allows optimal habitat utilization by the flies. [...]

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