A Survey of Fungi Associated with the Lovebug, Plecia Nearctica, in Florida

Leslie P. Kish, George E. Allen, James W. Kimbrough, Louis C. Kuitert


Populations of Plecia nearctica Hardy were surveyed during the spring and fall of 1973 to monitor adult flights which usually occur in May and September. The May adult flight was noticeably smaller. A large flight was observed in September. During early spring, 5 species of fungi were isolated and identified from dead and moribund lovebug larvae collected in the Gainesville area. In the fall, 2 additional fungal species were isolated, 1 from adults during the September flight and 1 from laboratory reared larvae.

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