Egg mass destroying and guarding behaviour of the giant water bug,Lethocerus deyrollei Vuillefroy (Heteroptera: Belostomatidae)
Egg mass destroying behaviour of femaleLethocerus deyrollei and male defending behaviour were observed in a densely vegetated concrete pond. In 3 of 9 cases of male-female interactions, the males successfully guarded their egg masses. In 4 of the 6 remaining cases in which the egg masses were destroyed by the female, females successfully took over the mate and laid their own egg masses the same night. These results suggest that male brooding guards the egg mass from females, as well as supplying eggs with water.
KeywordsDefend Animal Ecology Concrete Pond
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