Reproductive performance of Nesolynx thymus (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) as influenced by host (Musca domestica) size

Aruna, A. S. and Manjunath, D. (2010) Reproductive performance of Nesolynx thymus (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) as influenced by host (Musca domestica) size. BioControl, 55 (2). pp. 245-252. ISSN 1573-8248

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Abstract

An investigation was conducted to understand the influence of host size on the reproductive performance of Nesolynx thymus, an ecto-pupal parasitoid of the uzi fly, Exorista bombycis, inflicting 10--20% loss to silkworm crops in the southern silk producing states of India. Two day-old adults of N. thymus were allowed to parasitize pupae of M. domestica, categorized into big and small at a parasitoid-host ratio of 1:20. After parasitoid adult eclosion, data on parasitization rate, developmental duration, male, female and total adult recovery per pupa and per female, sex ratio, adult size and adult longevity were recorded. The performance of first generation adults as influenced by host size was also recorded by allowing the first generation adults to parasitize three day-old pupae of E. bombycis. The parameters female and total progeny production per female, sex ratio, longevity, body length and wing span of males, females, head width of male, and abdomen length of female increased significantly with host size. No impact of host size was observed on performance of first generation adults.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Life Science > Sericulture
Divisions: Department of > Sericulture Science
Depositing User: lpa manjunath user
Date Deposited: 15 Jul 2019 06:55
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2019 06:55
URI: http://eprints.uni-mysore.ac.in/id/eprint/5181

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