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Occurrence of Philornis bella Couri in nestlings of Tyrannus melancholicus Vieillot (Tyranninae) in the municipal district of Seropédica, Rio de Janeiro

Author(s): Hermes Ribeiro Luz | Bruno Pereira Berto | Ildemar Fereira | Rafaela Dias Antonini | André Felippe Nunes-Freitas | Gonzalo Efrain Moya Borja

Journal: Biotemas
ISSN 0103-1643

Volume: 24;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 69;
Date: 2011;
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Keywords: Diptera | Myiasis | Muscidae | Philornis | Tyrannidae

Five nestlings of Tyrannus melancholicus Vieillot, 1819, between nine (n = 2) and twelve days (n = 3) old, were studied from July to September in 2006. A total of 43 larvae was collected, of which 33 (76%) became adults and were identified as Philornis bella Couri, 1984. The most infested areas of the nestlings were the wings (44%), head (39.5%) and coxae (16.5%). None of the nestlings died during the study. This is the first record of P. bella parasitizing nestlings of Tyrannus melancholicus.
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