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1 April 2007 Reproductive Biology of Fidiobia dominica (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), an Egg Parasitoid of Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)
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The reproductive biology of Fidiobia dominica Evans (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae) was studied in the laboratory (25.6 ± 1°C) using host eggs of Diaprepes abbreviatus L. (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). F. dominica readily parasitized D. abbreviatus eggs on both host plant and wax paper substrates. The number of egg masses parasitized and the number of offspring produced were higher when females were offered more than one host egg mass but did not differ when either two or three egg masses were offered. Female parasitoids that were provided with host eggs and a honey food source lived significantly longer than those that were not provided a food source; however, they did not parasitize more D. abbreviatus eggs. Oviposition occurred in host eggs from 0 to 7 d old, and host mortality was relatively consistent for eggs 0–5 d old and lower for eggs 6–7 d old. Successful parasitoid emergence seldom occurred after host eggs were 4 d old, and by 7 d, no adults successfully emerged. Developmental time from egg to adult was 19.3 ± 0.2 d for males, significantly more rapid than the females (20.4 ± 0.1 d). The mean longevity of adult females was 8.0 ± 0.4 d, with a mean oviposition period of 2.7 ± 0.3 d; males survived 8.1 ± 0.4 d. The demographic parameters including intrinsic rate of increase (rm), generation time (T), and net reproduction (Ro) were 0.142/d, 22 d, and 22.4 female eggs/d, respectively.

Rita E. Duncan, Bryan J. Ulmer, Jorge E. Peña, and Stephen L. Lapointe "Reproductive Biology of Fidiobia dominica (Hymenoptera: Platygastridae), an Egg Parasitoid of Diaprepes abbreviatus (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)," Environmental Entomology 36(2), 376-382, (1 April 2007).[376:RBOFDH]2.0.CO;2
Received: 16 August 2006; Accepted: 6 December 2006; Published: 1 April 2007

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