Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz
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LEITE, Antonio Cesar Rios and WILLIAMS, Paul. The life cycle of MetaCutereba apicalis (Diptera: Cuterebidae). Mem. Inst. Oswaldo Cruz [online]. 1988, vol.83, n.4, pp. 485-491. ISSN 0074-0276. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0074-02761988000400016.
The development of Metacuterebra apicalis in laboratory conditions is described. The natural host, Oryzomys subflavus, and laboratory white rats were used as experimental hosts. The life cycle, from oviposition to the deaths of adults, was completed in about 73 days. The incubation period of eggs was about 10 days; the parasitic larval phase lasted 23 days in the natural host and 26 days in white rats; pupa lived for 32 days and adults survived for six days.
Keywords : Diptera; Cuterebridae; Metacuterebra apicalis; life cycle.