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Pre-Imaginal Development of Different Prey Species on the Life History Parameters of Different Species of Green Lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)

Pre-Imaginal Development of Different Prey Species on the Life History Parameters of Different Species of Green Lacewings (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)

Shafique Ahmed Memon1,6, Arif Ali1*, Mehar-un-Nisa Narejo2, Ghulam Khaliq3, Imran Ali Rajput4, Muhammad Adeel1, Khalil Ahmed Memon5, Dzolkhifli Omar6, Muhammad Rashid7 and Abdul Rasool

1Department of Entomology, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan, Pakistan; 2Department of Crop Physiology, Faculty of Crop Production, Sindh Agriculture University, Tando Jam, Pakistan; 3Department of Horticulture, Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan, Pakistan; 4Arid Zone Research Institute (PARC) Umerkot, Sindh, Pakistan; 5Department of Entomology, Faculty of Crop Protection, Sindh Agriculture University, Tandojam, Pakistan; 6Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, University Putra Malaysia; 7Department of Agronomy, faculty of agriculture,Lasbela University of Agriculture, Water and Marine Sciences, Uthal, Balochistan, Pakistan. 

ABSTRACT

Green lacewings as predators have a wide prey range, but not all preys are equally suitable for a single lacewing. Studies were carried out to evaluate the suitability of three aphid species on the pre-imaginal development of three species of green lacewings. Developmental stages of three different species of green lacewings, Chrysoperla nipponensis, Plesiochrysa ramburi and Apertochrysa sp. were provided with three different prey species, Aphis craccivora, Rhopalosiphum maidis and Corcyra cephalonica under the laboratory conditions (25±2 °C). The results indicated that a significantly increased pre-imaginal (19.93±0.24) and mean average days (70.33±0.55) of C. nipponensis on R. Maidis and also a significantly increased pre-imaginal (20.84±0.49), (21.22±0.97) and mean average days (74.18±0.33), (68.72±0.30) of P. ramburi and Apertochrysa sp. on the host of R. maidis. Whereas a significantly decreased pre-imaginal and total mean average days were observed on C. cephalonica in all species of green lacewings. A maximum fecundity of Apertochryca sp. (645.70±8.53), C. nipponensis (618.70±12.23) and P. ramburi (590.66±5.29) were found on the host of C. cephalonica while lowest fecundity of P. ramburi (508.17± 6.91), Apertochryca sp. (517.10± 8.13) and C. nipponensis (581.10± 10.91) were observed on R. maidis. 

 

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Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research

June

Vol. 32, Iss. 2, Pages 218-415

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