Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 17, Issue 6, pp 405–421 | Cite as

Characteristics of development and reproduction in Typhlodromus pyri on Tetranychus urticae and Cecidophyopsis ribis. I. Overwintered females

  • Rostislav Zemek


The results of a study of bionomic parameters in overwintered females of Typhlodromus pyri Scheuten under constant laboratory conditions (18±1°C, RH 75%, 18L:6D) are described. The predatory mites were fed two prey species, the two-spotted spider mite, Tetranychus urticae Koch and the eriophyid gall mite, Cecidophyopsis ribis (Westwood). The results indicate that T. pyri females survive and reproduce on C. ribis as well as on T. urticae. However, the average fecundity of females feeding on C. ribis was lower (13.79 eggs) compared with that of females fed T. urticae (29 eggs). The length of preoviposition period varied greatly (8 to 96 days), the number of ovipositing females increasing at a statistically significant rate on T. urticae. Differences in the mean duration of postoviposition period (35.27 and 52.50 days) and longevity in the laboratory (97.82 and 116.04 days) were not statistically significant. Accumulation of metabolites in the alimentary canal was noted in some females of T. pyri.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rostislav Zemek
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  1. 1.Institute of EntomologyAcademy of SciencesČeské BudějoviceThe Czech Republic

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