Coming Soon: Black Fly Life Stages Through A Partnership with the University of Georgia
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BEI Resources is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of black flies through a partnership with the University of Georgia Black Fly Rearing and Bioassay Laboratory, which has operated the only known colony of black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae) for over 20 years. Since its establishment, the Simulium vittatum colony (Simulium vittatum cytospecies IS-7) has been used for a variety of research projects, including vector transmission studies, environmental monitoring, vector control and larval feeding studies. Rearing protocols have been designed to operate the black fly colony at maximum productivity to produce a standardized test subject and preserve colony vigor. An advantage of Simulium vittatum cytospecies IS-7 is that they can deposit their first batch of eggs without a blood meal. Consequently, no animal resources are required to maintain the colony.

The laboratory continues to conduct and collaborate in a wide range of research projects, providing all stages of the black fly life cycle to collaborating laboratories. Current research conducted in the laboratory involves larvicidal efficacy evaluations, topical repellent evaluations and growth studies related to climate change.

More information on the Simulium vittatum Black Fly Colony will be available in the BEI Resources Vector Resource Catalog and on individual product web pages and documentation.

BEI Resources No.       Product Description - Coming Soon
NR-53890 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Live Eggs
NR-53891 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Live Larvae
NR-53892 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Live Pupae
NR-53893 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Live Adult
NR-53894 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Preserved Eggs
NR-53895 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Preserved Larvae
NR-53896 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Preserved Pupae
NR-53897 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Preserved Adult
NR-53898 Simulium vittatum, cytospecies IS-7, Genomic DNA
   

Image:  Black Fly bite (UGA, Jena Johnson)

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