Influence of variable photoperiods on the feeding activity and fecundity of Galendromus occidentalis (Nesbitt) (Acari : Phytoseiidae) under laboratory conditions


Kazak C. , Cone W., Wright L.

JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE, cilt.77, ss.131-135, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 77 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1007/s10340-003-0039-9
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF PEST SCIENCE
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.131-135

Özet

The influence of variable photoperiods on the feeding activity and fecundity of Galendromus occidentalis (Nesbitt) was studied on a diet of Tetranychus urticae Koch eggs. Starved G. occidentalis females were fed T. urticae eggs under ten 24-h light:dark regimes. Half of the tests started during photophase and the other half during scotophase. T. urticae eggs that were consumed and G. occidentalis eggs that were laid were counted at the end of each photophase and scotophase in a 24 h period. In general, G. occidentalis consumed more T. urticae eggs per h in the first phase of the experiment than in the second, regardless of whether the lights were on or off. In contrast to egg consumption, there were no statistical differences in the mean daily fecundity at the end of the 24-h periods. However, when the experiment was started during photophase, higher fecundity/h was encountered during scotophase than during the photophase. As a result, egg consumption rates were affected by photoperiods in both phases of the experiments. Logistic regression analysis revealed that variable photoperiods and egg consumption did not influence the fecundity of G. occidentalis.