Date of Award

2016

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

Biological Sciences

First Advisor

VanLaerhoven, Sherah

Keywords

Behaviour, Blow Fly, Carrion, Forensic, Oviposition, Temperature

Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Abstract

The blow flies Lucilia sericata Meigen, Phormia regina Meigen and Calliphora vicina Robineau-Desvoidy (Diptera: Calliphoridae) are important decomposers that specifically colonize carrion. Adult flies must make oviposition decisions that impact the survival of their offspring and may be influenced by abiotic and biotic conditions. Although a great deal of research has been conducted regarding their development under different environmental conditions, the influence of species interactions has been scarcely investigated. The objective of my dissertation was to examine the effects of temperature, relative humidity and species interactions on the oviposition behaviour and development of these blow flies.

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