The reproductive performance of the Mupli beetle, Luprops tristis, in relation to leaf age of the para rubber tree, Hevea brasiliensis.
Bottom Line: Analyses of the effects of feeding the beetles leaves of various ages, nitrogen (N) content, and moisture content on fecundity and the duration of post-dormancy survival were carried out.These results established that tender leaves with high N and moisture levels are essential for post-dormancy survival and that N influences fecundity.The results of the experiments could aid decision making regarding the population management and control of L. tristis in rubber plantations.
Affiliation: Post Graduate and Research Department of Zoology, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Calicut- 673 008, Kerala, India email@example.com.Show MeSH
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Mentions: Two phases, an initial phase of four months of fecundity and an intervening one month eggless period in the 5th month, were distinct. The highest fecundity was recorded in the 2nd month of the post-dormancy phase (Figure 1 and Table 3). In total, 94% hatching was recorded. The duration of the egg incubation period was 3.43 ± 0.47 days, the larval instar phase lasted 33.74 ± 0.35 days, and the pupal phase lasted 3.08 ± 0.08 days.
Affiliation: Post Graduate and Research Department of Zoology, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Calicut- 673 008, Kerala, India firstname.lastname@example.org.