Oviposition of Rhipicephalus (Digineus) bursa Canestrini and Fanzago, 1877 (Acarina, Ixodidae) in laboratory conditions
1986 - Volume: 27 Issue: 2 pages: 117-120
Rhipicephalus (d.) bursa
A study on the oviposition pattern of the cattle tick Rhipicephalus (Digineus) bursa was carried out. Engorged females dropping from hosts were maintained in an incubator at 28 +/- 1° C, 75 +/- 5 % R.H. and 12/12 light/darkness cycle. The preoviposition period was 4.4 +/- 0.2 days. The mean ( +/- S.E.) number of eggs was 4,201 +/- 290.5 (min. 1,099, max. 7,710). The greatest egg production was recorded on day 2 (avg. 720.4 +/- 33.6 eggs/female). After oviposition the body weight !ost was over 75 per cent from the initial body weight.
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