Factors in Phoretic Association of a Mite and Fly

Science  16 Sep 1960:
Vol. 132, Issue 3429, pp. 738-739
DOI: 10.1126/science.132.3429.738


Combined rearing of the mite Myianoetus muscarum (L.), and the fly Muscina stabulans (Fall.) has revealed adaptations of the hypopus to a series of fly factors. These adaptations favor the mite's dispersal. Hypopi are attracted to the pupa by a volatile substance and cluster on the anterior end, from which the fly emerges.