Outbreaks of infection with Entomophthora muscae tend to occur in the spring and autumn. Life History. Once infected the fly dies in about five to seven days. A dead fly at the top of a plant was likely killed by the fungus Entomophthora muscae. Have you ever noticed a dead fly hanging from a flower. Life cycle of Entomophthora muscae infecting a muscoid fly. Beginning of infection (1, top). Germination of multinucleate primary infectious conidia on multiple.

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ARS Catalog of Strains. Commercial Availability Entomophthora muscae is not commercially available. As well as the housefly, Musca domesticainfection has been observed in adult flies in the families CalliphoridaeCulicidae DrosophilidaeMuscidaeSarcophagidaeScathophagidaeSyrphidae and Tachinidae. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The intersegmental membranes of the swollen abdomen give the cadaver a characteristic striped pattern.

Fly Death Fungus (Entomophthora muscae) ยท

In the open, they may be seen attached to the underneath of leaves, on fences and walls, in agricultural buildings and poultry houses.

The fungus is found in most temperate regions and sporulation usually takes place in cool, humid conditions in areas where flies congregate and rest. It can cause epizootic outbreaks of disease in houseflies and has been investigated as a potential biological control agent. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology. Habitat Entomophthora muscae epizootics usually occur in the spring and fall of the year, and occur in most temperate regions.


Epizootics appear to be influenced by abiotic factors, particularly temperature Watson and Petersen Seasonal activity of Entomophthora muscae Zygomycetes: Collection of Entomopathogenic fungal cultures.

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Seasonal abundance and Entomophthora muscae prevalence for house flies in Nebraska and climatological data. Pesticide Susceptibility Insecticide residues significantly inhibited the germination of primary conidia Mullens and Rodriguez, In houses, the corpses of flies are frequently seen attached to windows or window frames, a place where other flies may easily become infected.

Insecticide effects on Entomophthora muscaeZygomycetes: Entomophthora muscae epizootics usually occur in the spring and fall of the year, and occur in most temperate regions.

Hyphal bodies of E.

Patent infection in the house fly is characterized by a distended abdomen, legs spread and wings out-stretched see photograph above. Muscidae with reference to temperature and relative humidity”. If no hosts are available for infection, a smaller secondary conidium may develop.


In the evening hours, critically ill insects tend to crawl up verticle surfaces to die at an elevated position. Large primary conidia are produced soon after the fly dies, but in the event no hosts are available for the primary conidia, a smaller secondary conidia may develop from the primary conidia. There are technical difficulties in controlling flies with Entomophthora enttomophthora. There is no commercially available supply of the pathogen.

Entomophthora muscae

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Invasive and developmental process of Entomophthora muscae infecting house flies, Musca domestica.

The conidia germinate within a few hours and a germ tube begins to penetrate the insect’s cuticle Brobyn and Wilding, Once inside the hemocoel, the cytoplasm streams through the germ tube and into the insect’s hemolymph. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Muscidae to infection by Entomophthora muscae Zygomycetes: Entomophthora muscae is a well known fungal disease of adult Diptera with a wide range of potential hosts.