Research Project Title

Cold Tolerance in Melittobia Digitata

Session Type

Poster Presentation

Research Project Abstract

Female Melittobia digitata that parasitize blowfly pupae are used commercially to control fly populations. It is unknown what the range of suitable ambient temperatures is for the developing wasps and what manner of resilience the larval and pupal wasps have to changing temperatures. The experiment had parasitized blowfly pupae in ambient temperature setups of -20 Celsius, 5 Celsius, 21 Celsius, and 25 Celsius. Contrary to the literature, wasps reached adulthood first in the 25 Celsius setup, not the “room temperature”, or 21 Celsius, setup. Additionally, the 5 Celsius setup once moved to the 25 Celsius environment were able to continue developing to adulthood.

Session Number

PS2

Location

HUB Multipurpose Room

Abstract Number

PS2-m

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Apr 28th, 11:00 AM Apr 28th, 12:30 PM

Cold Tolerance in Melittobia Digitata

HUB Multipurpose Room

Female Melittobia digitata that parasitize blowfly pupae are used commercially to control fly populations. It is unknown what the range of suitable ambient temperatures is for the developing wasps and what manner of resilience the larval and pupal wasps have to changing temperatures. The experiment had parasitized blowfly pupae in ambient temperature setups of -20 Celsius, 5 Celsius, 21 Celsius, and 25 Celsius. Contrary to the literature, wasps reached adulthood first in the 25 Celsius setup, not the “room temperature”, or 21 Celsius, setup. Additionally, the 5 Celsius setup once moved to the 25 Celsius environment were able to continue developing to adulthood.