The life history of mallophaaga with special reference to columbicola columbae (Linnaeus)
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Results of all these tests are given in chart form to show how long lice lived on the various feathers that were used. Of ten lice on the starvation teat, none lived longer than three days. Lice on old and acetone-treated pigeon feathers lived about as long as those on ftesh untreated feathers. The average lengths of life on bird.s more closely related to the pigeon were longer than those on birds not as closely related. An exception to this general rule was the life span of those lice on feathers of the lesser road-runner. Five of the ten lice used lived three weeks or longer. A few eggs and larvae were observed on feathers of the ground dove, whitefronted parrot, and road-runner. Lice on the pigeon feathers lived, the eggs hatched, and the larvae developed. Mating was observed frequently. It appears that even when lice can adjust to feathers other than those of the pigeon, reproduction is curtailed.
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