Phorid life cycle
- After mating, adult females are attracted to developing
in spawned compost.
compost remains attractive to adult females throughout the entire spawn-run period, and is particularly
susceptible during the second week.
- Mycelial development, which occurs
following casing, renews attraction to adult females.
- Each female can
lay up to 50 eggs in close proximity to developing mycelia.
- Duration of the life
is temperature dependent and will vary in relation to the environmental conditions associated with cropping
- Increased air temperatures associated with spawn-run and case-run
periods facilitate life cycle completion in 24-26 days.
- The lower temperatures
following breaking and during cropping periods may extend the life cycle to 40-50 days.
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