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Host selection and egg allocation behaviour by Aphytis melinus and A. lingnanensis: comparison of two facultatively gregarious parasitoids



Host selection and egg allocation behaviour by Aphytis melinus and A. lingnanensis: comparison of two facultatively gregarious parasitoids



Ecological Entomology, 74: 397-408



The oviposition and egg allocation behaviour of individual females of Aphytis melinus DeBach and A. lingnanensis Comp. were compared in the laboratory in the USA. Both Aphytis species exhibit the same behavioural sequence during oviposition. A. melinus laid most of its female eggs on the dorsum of scale-insects (Aspidiotus nerii Bch. and Aonidiella aurantii (Mask.)) beneath the cover, and most of its male eggs under the scale-insect's body.

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