oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The preoviposition period of Boophilus decoloratus (Koch 1844) (Acarina: Ixodidae)

Volume 37, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The preoviposition period of Boophilus decoloratus was studied under laboratory and field conditions and found to be temperature dependent. Humidity effects on the duration of the preoviposition period were found to be negligible. Some of the problems associated with analysing the effects of two interacting physical factors such as temperature and humidity on the biological responses ofticks are discussed. Female ticks placed in a Stevenson's screen in the field demonstrated very long preoviposition periods and the biological implications of this are discussed.

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