Experimental & Applied Acarology

, Volume 25, Issue 6, pp 441–460 | Cite as

Development, survival and reproduction of Euseius finlandicus (Acari: Phytoseiidae) at different constant temperatures

  • Georgios D. Broufas
  • Dimitris S. Koveos


Development, survival and reproduction of Euseius finlandicus Oudemans were studied at seven constant temperatures (15, 20, 25, 27, 30, 32 and 34°C) in the laboratory. Within the temperature range tested, developmental period from egg to adult varied from 148 to 360.5 h and 133.7 to 336.5 h for females and males, respectively. The lower thermal threshold for immature development for females and males was 8.9 and 6.4°C, respectively. Survival during immature development exceeded 90% at all the temperatures from 15 to 32°C, but at 34°C an abrupt decline was recorded. Female longevity decreased gradually from 82.7 d at 15°C to 12.2 d at 34°C. The mean generation time ranged from 44.3 d at 15°C to 15.9 d at 32°C. The highest rm value (0.2817) was obtained at 30°C and the lowest at 15°C (0.0976). Temperatures above 30°C had an adverse effect on population increase.

development Euseius finlandicus life table reproduction temperature 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Georgios D. Broufas
    • 1
  • Dimitris S. Koveos
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Laboratory of Applied Zoology and ParasitologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Faculty of Agriculture, Laboratory of Applied Zoology and ParasitologyAristotle University of ThessalonikiThessalonikiGreece

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