Rearing of Tabanus nigrovittatus (Diptera: Tabanidae)
Sofield, R.K.; Hansens, E.J.
Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 86(1): 195-198
Tabanus nigrovittatus Macquart was reared from egg to adult in 78-155 days., at 27°C and 16:8 LIB cycle. Larval mortality was 94.5% in 1978 and 70.3% in 1979. Seven to ten instars were observed. The length of the head capsule increased by a factor of 1.37 in successive instars, The duration of the instars decreased from 15.6 days for the second instar to 10.1 days for the sixth, then increased to 18.5 days for the ninth. Reared flies did not mate in the laboratory, but some of the virgin females oviposited and then hlood-fed from a human host.