Insect Colonization and Mass Production by Carroll N. Smith

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Section A Animal Parasites and Haematophagous Arthr This page intentionally left blank Chapter 2 Body Lice M. M . C O L E Entomology Research Division, Agricultural Research Service, U. S. Department of Agriculture, Gainesville, Florida I. Introduction II. General Conditions of Maintenance A. Type of Cloth B. Containers C. Temperature and Humidity III. Methods of Feeding A. Feeding on Humans B. Feeding on Rabbits C. Feeding through Membranes IV. Starting Colonies from Wild Lice References 15 16 16 16 16 17 17 17 23 23 24 I.

2. BODY LICE FIG. 2. Rabbit restrained in stanchion. Cloth patches containing lice laid shingle fashion on rabbit's abdomen. Stainless steel dish in which patches with lice are kept between feedings. 19 CD 20 M. M. COLE FlG. 3. Body lice feeding on clipped abdomen of rabbit. Patches shown in Fig. 2 have been removed carefully so that lice remain on the rabbit. ) 2. BODY LICE to 21 FIG. 4. Body lice feeding on clipped abdomen of rabbit. ) 22 M. M. COLE of that procedure have been followed (with a few modifications) by the author and co-workers.

INTRODUCTION 11 quantities from the insects themselves, if efficient methods of mass producing the insect can be developed. Another possibility is to employ the living insects themselves for detection or for control. It is known that caged virgin females of certain insects are capable of attracting many males to traps where they could be destroyed or sterilized and returned into the environ­ ment. By developing mass production methods and simple proce­ dures for exposing large numbers of the virgin females (or males) to natural populations, it may be possible to control or eliminate insect populations.

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