• Bioenergetics and reproductive efficiency ofAtractomorpha crenulata F. (Orthoptera: Insecta) in relation to food quality

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      Food quality; food utilization; reproductive efficiency; Atractomorpha crenulata

    • Abstract


      Food consumption and utilization efficiency ofAtractomorpha crenulata feeding on the leaves ofRicinus communis, Arachis hypogaea andPanicum maximum are discussed. Longevity and fecundity of the insect feeding onRicimus communis were higher as compared to feeding on the other plants. Females tend to consume more food than the males in all the tested food plants. Energy allocated by the female to egg production varied between 7 and 15% of the assimilated energy during the adult phase.

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      M Senthamizhselvan1 K Murugan1

      1. Entomology Research Institute, Loyola College, Madras - 600 034, India
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