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Development and degeneration of flight muscles in Neochetina eichhorniae (Coleoptera; Curculionidae), potential biocontrol agent of the aquatic weed, Eichorniae crassipes

Development and degeneration of flight muscles in Neochetina eichhorniae (Coleoptera; Curculionidae), potential biocontrol agent of the aquatic weed, Eichorniae crassipes

Biocontrol Science and Technology 14(4): 403-408

ISSN/ISBN: 0958-3157

DOI: 10.1080/09583150310001639169

The water hyacinth weevil, Neochetina eichhorniae, is an effective biological control agent of the aquatic weed Eichorniae crassipes. The adults under field conditions have degenerated indirect flight muscles that explains their inability to fly. A study on the factors initiating flight muscle development in adults was carried out.

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