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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262535021

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262535021.001.0001

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Exposing the Fly to Its Enemies

Exposing the Fly to Its Enemies

(p.131) 6 Exposing the Fly to Its Enemies
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Clapperton Chakanetsa Mavhunga

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This chapter builds on and contributes to literature on arboricides or herbicides, which currently is strongest in the United States, where some of the chemicals and equipment used to deny ndedzi shelter originated. It considers two stratagems, both derived from past and prevailing practices of vanhu vatema of killing mhesvi and exposing it to its predators. One involved using moto (fire)—specifically, late-season burning—to achieve maximum destruction and expose to predation all mhesvi in their adult phase, their zvikukwa (the insect at its worm or pupa stage, what vachana called puparia; singular chikukwa), and their zviguraura (literally, “the one that has cut off its intestines,” what vachana called larva). The second strategy was the mechanical clearance and chemical phytocides of the forest for the same purpose.

Keywords:   tsetse fly, ndedzi, vanhu vatema, mhesvi, late-season burning, mechanical clearance, chemical phytocides

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