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The Distribution of the Eggs of the Sorghum Shootfly, Atherigona Soccata Rondani (Diptera:Muscidae)

  • Aex G. L. Delobel
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Abstract

Field and laboratory observations revealed that the placement of eggs of the sorghum shootfly, Atherigona soccata, among sorghum stems tended to be random or slightly aggregated rather than regular, which suggests that the site of oviposition by a female is little or not determined by the presence of other eggs already laid. The possible effects of this type of distribution on the mortality of the first-instar larvae are briefly discussed.

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Sorghum shootfly oviposition distribution of eggs Atherigona soccata Sorghum bicolor 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Aex G. L. Delobel
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  1. 1.International Centre of Insect Physiology and EcologyNairobiKenya

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