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Rearing the pupae

When ants on the colony die they are placed by other ants in the midden pile. If the ant was infected by a phorid fly, then the head of the ant falls off and the fly continues to pupate in the ant head capsule.

Depositing Phorid fly Pupae on Plaster

A lab technician deposits the fly pupae on a sterile, moist plaster- lined tray so that it can be watered and kept at high humidity until the fly emerges.


Counting phorid fly Pupae

A lab tech looks through the midden piles to count the pupae.


Phorid Fly Pupae incubation

Many trays of developing fly pupae and midden are kept in the lab at constant temperature and humidity.

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1. Drip line, 2. Formicary, 3. Sieving, 4. Mass Attack, 5. Rearing pupae


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