, Volume 58, Issue 6, pp 789–795 | Cite as

Effects of an artificial diet on development, reproduction and digestive physiology of Chrysopa septempunctata



The effects of an artificial diet on growth, development, reproduction and digestive physiology of Chrysopa septempunctata Wesmael were determined. The results showed that the reproduction was highly correlated with weights of females and activities of trypsin-like and chymotrypsin-like enzymes of C. septempunctata. The influences of diet on the digestive physiology such as digestive enzyme activity of a predator may be used to assess the reproductive potential of a predator, and therefore to provide a way to speed up the development and screening of artificial diets.


Artificial diet Chrysopa septempunctata Fecundity Digestive enzymes 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Key Laboratory of Pest Management in Crops, Ministry of AgricultureInstitute of Plant Protection, Chinese Academy of Agricultural SciencesBeijingPeople’s Republic of China

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