In vitro colonization of the goat biting lice, Bovicola crassipes and B. limbata
Hopkins, D.E.; Chamberlain, W.F.
Annals of the Entomological Society of America 62(4): 826-828
ISSN/ISBN: 0013-8746 DOI: 10.1093/aesa/62.4.826
The following is substantially the authors' abstract. Damalinia (Bovicola) crassipes (Rudow) and D. (B.) limbata (Gerv.) were colonized in the laboratory by utilising scrapings from goatskin as food. The lice were kept throughout life in 0.5-and 1-dr. glass shell vials. At 72% relative humidity and 35 degrees C, a generation of D. crassipes developed in a mean of 36.7 days; a mean of 94% of the eggs hatched, and a mean of 65.6% developed to adults. At 76% relative humidity and 35 degrees C, a generation of D. limbata developed in a mean of 32.2 days; a mean of 84% of the eggs hatched, and a mean of 67% developed to adults.