Notes on the biology and rearing of the carrion fly Prochyliza brevicornis (Melander) (Diptera: Piophilidae)


  • A. Syed Department of Biological Sciences Simon Fraser University Burnaby, B.C. V5A 1S6


I describe the first successful rearing of Prochyliza brevicornis (Melander) in the laboratory on a variety of media. The average developmental period from egg to adult for non-diapausing individuals was 42-47 days with a range of 32-74 days. Best survival of those that emerged as adults (16-32 %) was on ox-tail bones and ground beef. The majority of the larvae in each generation remained quiescent or did not pupate for up to six months which probably indicates an obligatory overwintering diapause in this species.

Key words: Diptera; Piophilidae; British Columbia; forensic entomology; carrion