oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The effect of temperature on the growth and development of a South African strain of the hide beetle Dermestes maculatus Degeer (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)
|Article Title||The effect of temperature on the growth and development of a South African strain of the hide beetle Dermestes maculatus Degeer (Coleoptera: Dermestidae)|
|© Publisher:||Entomological Society of South Africa (ESSA)|
|Journal||Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa|
|Affiliations||1 Department of Entomology, University of Pretoria, Pretoria.|
|Publication Date||Sep 1981|
|Pages||343 - 349|
|Keyword(s)||Dermestes maculatus Degeer, Hide beetle and Temperature|
At constant temperatures of 20, 25, 30, and 35ï¿½C, the incubation periods ranged from 6,7 to 2,1 days, the larval periods from 43,9 to 20,8, the prepupal periods from over 10 to 4, and the pupal periods from 11,1 to 6,0 (no pupae formed at 20ï¿½C). Females kept at 35 ï¿½C laid fewer eggs (mean 605) than those kept at the lower temperatures (1129-1464). Egg mass was inversely related to temperature (0.33 mg at 20 ï¿½C, 0,18 mg at 35ï¿½C).
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