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Bionomics of the mango rust mite Metaculus mangiferae (Attiah) with description of immature stages (Eriophyoidea: Eriophyidae)

Abou-Awad, B.A.

1981 - Volume: 22 Issue: 2 pages: 151-155


plant parasite life cycle ovoviviparous mite predator-parasite


Mites of Metaculus mangiferae (Attiah) were reared on excised young terminal leaves of Mangifera indica at 27+/-2°C and R.H. of 70%. An average of 7.5 days was required for the mango rust mite to complete its generation. Description of immature stages are presented. Field and laboratory observations showed that the mite is ovoviviparous. Mite population density increased in spring and early summer with two peaks in late April and in early June. The phytoseiid mite, Amb/yseius swirskii (Athias-Henriot) was considered effective in decreasing pest population.

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