Applied Entomology and Zoology

, Volume 54, Issue 1, pp 63–74 | Cite as

Effects of temperature on the development, fecundity, and life table parameters of Riptortus pedestris (Hemiptera: Alydidae)

  • Jeong Joon AhnEmail author
  • Kyung San Choi
  • Sangwook Koh
Original Research Paper


Riptortus pedestris (Fabricius) (Hemiptera: Alydidae) is an economically important insect pest of soybean. We investigated the developmental periods of each life stage as well as adult longevity and female fecundity. The study was conducted at eleven constant temperatures (12.0, 14.0, 15.9, 17.3, 19.3, 23.6, 28.3, 31.2, 34.2, 35.1, and 36.1 °C) for temperature-dependent development, and six constant temperatures (15.8, 19.7, 24.0, 27.8, 32.6, and 35.5 °C) for adult longevity and oviposition. Riptortus pedestris females showed successful egg-to-adult development from 17.9 to 36.1 °C, but failed to complete development under 15.9 °C. Using linear regression, lower developmental threshold (LDT) and thermal constant (K) for the total immature stage were estimated as 14.1 °C and 336.7°-day (DD), respectively. Higher and lower temperature threshold (TH and TL, respectively) were calculated using Lobry–Rosso–Flandrois (LRF) and Sharpe–Schoolfield–Ikemoto (SSI) models; a wider TL-to-TH temperature range (31.4 °C) was observed for LRF than for SSI (18.6 °C). The adult emergence frequency over the full range of constant temperatures was simulated using nonlinear developmental rate functions and the Weibull function. The daily egg production was predicted with respect to temperature and adult age. Biological characteristics of R. pedestris from different local populations are discussed.


Riptortus pedestris Life table analysis Nonlinear function Oviposition Temperature 



We thank for Kwon Soo Kang and Gun Hee Kwon for their enthusiastic help. We are grateful to anonymous reviewers for valuable criticisms and suggestions on the manuscript. This research was supported by the research program of National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science (PJ012060), and Rural Development Administration.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeong Joon Ahn
    • 1
    Email author
  • Kyung San Choi
    • 1
  • Sangwook Koh
    • 1
  1. 1.Research Institute of Climate Change and Agriculture, National Institute of Horticultural and Herbal Science, RDAJejuRepublic of Korea

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