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The effects of diet upon pupal development and cocoon formation by the cat flea (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)



The effects of diet upon pupal development and cocoon formation by the cat flea (Siphonaptera: Pulicidae)



Journal of Vector Ecology 27(1): 39-43



Cocoon formation by cat flea larvae was directly related to the quantity of eggs or yeast consumed. Larvae consuming either 1-3 eggs or 0.25-1.0 mg of yeast developed as naked pupae or formed incomplete cocoons. Third instar cat flea larvae fed upon naked pupae and pupae within partial cocoons, but complete cocoons protected pupae from cannibalism. First and 2nd instars did not attack pupae.

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