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
Mentions: Differences in the post-dormancy life span were distinct among the three cultures (F = 108.77, DF = 2, p < 0.05). Beetles reared on dry and senescent leaves had similar life spans (p > 0.05), whereas those fed tender leaves had a significantly longer life span (p < 0.05). The times until the post-dormancy beetles reached 100% mortality were 231 days when fed tender leaves, 56 days when fed senescent leaves, and 42 days when fed dry leaves (Table 1 and Figure 2).
Affiliation: Post Graduate and Research Department of Zoology, St. Joseph's College, Devagiri, Calicut- 673 008, Kerala, India firstname.lastname@example.org.