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1 September 2016 Effect of Soil Moisture on Plectris aliena (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) Oviposition
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The effect of 3 soil moisture regimes (dry, normal, and wet) on oviposition was studied for the invasive soil pest Plectris aliena Chapin (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in North Carolina agroecosystems. In laboratory cages, there was a significant increase of 20 more eggs deposited by females in wet soil compared with the dry soil (2% moisture) treatment. When the beetles were tested under field conditions, there were no significant differences in oviposition.

Nancy L. Brill, Rick L. Brandenburg, and Mark R. Abney "Effect of Soil Moisture on Plectris aliena (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) Oviposition," Florida Entomologist 99(3), 574-575, (1 September 2016). https://doi.org/10.1653/024.099.0342
Published: 1 September 2016
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