oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Ecology of the citrus red mite, Panonychus citri (McGregor), (Acarina: Tetranychidae) in South Africa 2. The influence of temperature and relative humidity on the development and life cycle

Volume 34, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



In a controlled-environment room programmed to simulate summer, autumn and winter conditions observed in the Eastern Cape, development of Panonychus citri (McGregor) was most rapid under summer conditions, the mean generation time being 31 days. Under autumn and winter conditions the mean generation time was increased to 50 and 70 days respectively. The greatest effect of the different conditions was on the incubation period of the egg.

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