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The House-Fly: Musca Domestica Linn

The House-Fly: Musca Domestica Linn
Its Structure, Habits, Development, Relation to Disease and Control


  • Date Published: June 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521232999


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  • First published in 1914, this volume was written in response to rising concerns regarding the role of the house-fly in the dissemination of infectious diseases, and its relationship to unhygienic conditions. Given the role played by the house-fly in these circumstances, it was decided that a thorough study of its entomological and medical significance was required. The volume was not intended as a popular treatise on the subject, this role had already been fulfilled by the author's House-flies and How they Spread Disease. Instead, it was designed for professionals in entomology and public health, together with students developing a specific interest in these areas. Numerous detailed illustrations of house-fly anatomy are included. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in entomological studies and the history of public health.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521232999
    • length: 404 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Structure and Habits of the House-Fly:
    1. Introduction
    2. The external structure of Musca domestica
    3. The internal structure of Musca domestica
    4. The internal structure of the head a proboscis of Musca domestica
    5. The habits and bionomics of the house-fly
    Part II. The Breeding Habits, Life-History and Structure of the Larva:
    6. The breeding habits of Musca domestica
    7. The life-history of the House-fly
    8. The external features of the full-grown larva
    9. The internal structure of the full-grown larva
    Part III. The Natural Enemies and Parasites of the House-Fly:
    10. Arachnids and myriapods
    11. The fungal disease: Empusa muscae Cohn
    12. Insect and vertebrate enemies
    13. Protozoal parasites
    14. The parasitic nematode: Habronema muscae Carter
    Part IV. Other Species of Flies Frequenting Houses:
    15. The lesser house-fly, Fannia canicularis L. and the latrine fly, F. scalaris Fab.
    16. The stable fly, Stomoxys calitrans L.
    17. The blow flies, Calliphora erythrocephalia Meig. and C. vomitoria L., and the sheep maggot or 'green bottle' fly, Lucilia caesar L.
    18. The cluster fly, Polleina rudis Fab. and Muscina stabulans Fall.
    19. Allied mscid flies and miscellaneous flies found in houses
    Part V. The Relation of House-Flies to Disease:
    20. The dissemination of pathogenic organisms by flies
    21. The carriage of typhoid fever by flies
    22. The relation of flies to summer diarrhoea of infants
    23. The dissemination of other diseases by flies
    24. Miscellaneous experiments on the carriage of micro-organisms by flies, by both natural and artificial infection
    25. The relation of flies to myiasis and to the spread of intestinal worms
    Part VI. Control Measures:
    26. Preventative and remedial measures
    27. Organised effort in control measures

  • Author

    C. Gordon Hewitt

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