Section 8
Chapter 7,627

Oviposition behavior of the bush cricket decticus verrucivorus l. orthoptera tettigoniidae

Cherrill, A.J.; Shaughnessy, J.; Brown, V.K.

Entomologist 110(1): 37-42


ISSN/ISBN: 0013-8878
Accession: 007626147

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The oviposition behaviour of the nationally rare bush-cricket, Decticus verrucivorus (L.), is described. Variation in the numbers of eggs laid at each oviposition was recorded in the laboratory. Egg-batches contained 1 to 13 eggs. The most frequent batch size was 1, although 60% contained 2 or more eggs. The mean number of eggs per batch was 4.25. Most egg batches were laid in the warmest sections of each cage, and batch sizes were greatest in these sections. Short turf was preferred, over bare soil, as a medium for oviposition.

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