Experientia

, Volume 32, Issue 11, pp 1405–1406 | Cite as

Gnawing activity, dietary carbohydrate deficiency and oothecal production in the American cockroach (Periplaneta americana)

  • D. E. Bignell
Biologica

Summary

The gnawing activity of adult female cockroaches was assessed by the dry weight loss of cotton fibre supplied to individual insects. In animals maintained on a carbohydrate-deficient diet the use of fibre was significantly less than in animals receiving a balanced diet. A comparison with controls showed that under both dietary regimes access to a fibre source did not significantly increase the mean, total number of oothecae produced.

References

  1. 1.
    D. R. A. Wharton, M. L. Wharton andJ. E. Lola, J. Insect. Physiol.11, 947 (1965).PubMedGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    P. Rau, Ann. ent. Soc. Am.36, 221 (1943).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    P. Rau Trans. Acad. Sci. St. Louis.25, 57 (1924).Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    M. A. H. Qadri, Bull. ent. Res.29, 263 (1938).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Birkhäuser Verlag 1976

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. E. Bignell
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of BiologyYork UniversityDownsviewCanada

Personalised recommendations