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18 September 2017 Life Cycle and Predation Potential of the Neotropical Ground Beetle Selenophorus seriatoporus Putzeys (Coleoptera: Carabidae) on Different Substrates
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This study determined the life cycle parameters and predation potential of Selenophorus seriatoporus Putzeys (Coleoptera: Carabidae) on different substrates to examine its suitability for biological control. The mean developmental period of S. seriatoporus ranged from 43.0 to 52.2 days at 26 ± 1°C. On soil, this carabid showed faster development, lower mortality, and greater longevity. Development was slower on vermiculite and paper; however, these substrates were suitable for developing eggs and first and second instars. Selenophorus seriatoporus completed its life cycle by preying on larvae of Tenebrio molitor Linnaeus (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), and adults showed higher preference for T. molitor larvae than for pupae. Third instars and adults of S. seriatoporus demonstrated high predation potential, showing their suitability as biological control agents.

Crislany L. Barbosa-Andrade, Francisco J. Cividanes, Sidnéia T. S. Matos, and Daniel J. Andrade "Life Cycle and Predation Potential of the Neotropical Ground Beetle Selenophorus seriatoporus Putzeys (Coleoptera: Carabidae) on Different Substrates," The Coleopterists Bulletin 71(3), 506-512, (18 September 2017). https://doi.org/10.1649/0010-065X-71.3.506
Received: 3 September 2016; Accepted: 12 July 2017; Published: 18 September 2017
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