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The influence of environmental factors on dormancy and duration of egg development in Metrioptera roeseli (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae)

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Developing eggs of Metrioptera roeseli HGB. have an obligate “embryonic” diapause in stage 23 and a facultative “initial” diapause in stage 4. Initial diapause is lacking when the ovipositing females are kept at long day photoperiod (LD 16/8), but is induced at LD 14/10 and LD 8/16. When natural light conditions are given in the laboratory, the females mostly lay diapausing eggs from the end of August onwards. In eggs without initial diapause, a larger number of embryos reach a stage, in which the embryonic diapause can be broken by chilling, only at favorable temperature (4 weeks at 24°C or 8 at 18°C) and in contact with water before the first winter. Thus, some individuals of a given population of M. roeseli have an annual, others a biennial life cycle. The variability in the duration of egg development is due to a photoperiodically induced, facultative initial diapause and to a possible quiescence caused by insufficient temperature and/or moisture.

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Ingrisch, S. The influence of environmental factors on dormancy and duration of egg development in Metrioptera roeseli (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae). Oecologia 61, 254–258 (1984). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00396769

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