oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - Laboratory rearing technique and life cycle of Anomala transvaalensis (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae)

Volume 44, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



Observations on Anomala transvaalensis Arrow in the field showed that the adults fed on the leaves of roses, beans and grape vines, the iarvae were found in soil and fed on organic matter and some roots, and the pupae were formed in the soil. This knowledge formed a basis for a laboratory rearing technique. Adults were kept in cages and fed on grape-vine leaves. They laid eggs in bowls of damp soil, and 76% of eggs hatched. The larvae were reared in large containers of soil and compost with transplanted clumps of veld grass to provide roots.

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