Title

Temperature-dependent development of the cycad aulacaspis scale, aulacaspis yasumatsui (Hemiptera: Diaspididae)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-1-2009

Abstract

Egg duration period, immature development time, and pre-oviposition period of the cycad aulacaspis scale, Aulacaspis yasumatsui Takagi, were measured at 9 constant temperatures in the laboratory. Egg duration period ranged from 15 d at 20°C to 7 d at 30°C. First instar development time was 30 d at 18°C but only 4 d at 35°C. No first instars completed development below 18°C or above 35°C. Development time of second instar females ranged from 19 d at 18 and 20°C to 9 d at 30°C. Development time of male second instar + pupa ranged from 15 d at 20°C to 910 d at 2532°C. Pre-oviposition period averaged 14 d at 20°C to 8 d at 25 32°C; no females laid eggs at 18 and 35°C. The lowest temperature threshold for all stages ranged from 8 to 12°C and 538 degree-days were required for female immature development in a linear model. Development rates of the scale are compared to those of 3 of its natural enemies, Cybocephalus nipponicus Endrdy-Younga, Rhyzobius lophanthae (Blaisdell), and Coccobius fulvus (Compere and Annecke).

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Florida Entomologist

First Page

578

Last Page

581

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