Submitted to: Equus
Publication Type: Trade Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: March 15, 2009
Publication Date: June 1, 2009
Citation: Jarzen, D.M., Hogsette Jr., J. A. 2009. A noevel approach to fly control. Equus, 381. 18.
Interpretive Summary: Stable flies take blood meals from horses, other livestock and humans. However, they will visit plants and take nectar meals when energy is needed for flight. While taking nectar, they can become coated in pollen much like a bee. In our study, we identified the pollen recovered from stable fly adults as willow, Salix caroliniana, a tree common to inland waterways and wetlands in the southeastern US. Determining the origin of stable fly adults can be difficult because they can fly many miles to find a host. We hope to use pollen, not necessarily willow, as a tracking tool to trace their flight routes and possibly find their points of origin.