A Live Trap for Monitoring Euphasiopteryx and Tests with E. Ochracea (Diptera: Tachinidae)

Thomas J. Walker

Abstract


A trap was developed for Euphasiopteryx spp. that caught as many E. ochracea females as a sticky trap but kept them healthy. Traps worked well for more than a year without repair. A trap in a north Florida pasture caught 1059 E. ochracea in one year; a trap in a nearby woods caught 1576. Seasonal patterns of captures in the two habitats were similar. Numbers captured correlated with moon phase, periodically peaking within a few days after new moon.

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