STUDY OF A BITING MIDGE, FORCIPOMYIA (LASIOHELEA) TAIWANA (SHIRAKI) (DIPTERA: CERATOPOGONIDAE) I. DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPLETE LIFE CYCLE OF THE MIDGE REARED IN THE LABORATORY
NAVAL MEDICAL RESEARCH UNIT NO 2 Taipei Taiwan
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Forcipomyia Lasiohelea taiwana females engorged with human blood were collected and placed in mist cages in the laboratory. Eggs and larvae were kept in a medium of laterite clay and yeast powder at a constant temperature of 28deg C and relative humidity of about 80. Eggs were deposited three or four days after feeding and hatching occurred within three days after oviposition. The larval stages required 16 - 18 days and the pupal stage 3 - 5 days for completion. The life cycle from egg to adult ranged from 21 to 26 days. Descriptions of male and immature F. L. taiwana and larval dimorphism are presented for the first time.