• Feeding and ovipositional behaviour in some reduviids (Insecta-Heteroptera)

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      Feeding behaviour; ovipositional behaviour; reduviids

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      Feeding behavioural studies of many exclusively predatory species exhibit clearcut stimuli-response mediated sequences and these can be categorised into distinct sub-units like: search and location of prey → approach and attack of prey → immobilisation of prey → transportation of prey to safe place → consumption of prey. These feeding behavioural activities differ among reduviids particularly with respect to prey types. These bugs are endowed with many structural, physiological and behavioural adaptations for efficient predation.

      The ovipositional behaviour of reduviids in different habitats also shows considerable variation and their reproductive strategies include selection of suitable sites to assure successful emergence and development of young ones and so far very few egg predators and egg parasites have been reported for these terrestrial insects.

    • Author Affiliations


      E T Haridass1

      1. Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Madras - 600034, India
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