Effect of food and temperature on the development, longevity and fecundity of sugarcane red spider mite, Oligonychus indicus (Hirst)
1974 - Volume: 16 Issue: 3 pages: 436-440
Stuclies were made on the rate of development, longevity and fecundity of sugarcane red spider mite, Oligonyclvus indicus (Hirst) on three food, viz. sugarcane (Saccharum officinarimi Linn.), sorghum (Sorghum vulgare Pers.) and maize (Zea mays Linn.) at five constant temperatures, viz. 25°, 27.5°, 30°, 32.5° and 35° C. It was found that maize was the best food and 30° C was the most favoured temperature because of the minimum time taken to complete the life cycle and high fecundity of both fertilized and unfertilized females. Sorghum was the second best food as the rate of development and fecundity were also fairly high on this food.
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