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Effects of Helicoverpa armigera host stages on some developmental parameters of the uniparental endoparasitoid Meteorus pulchricornis



Effects of Helicoverpa armigera host stages on some developmental parameters of the uniparental endoparasitoid Meteorus pulchricornis



Bulletin Of Entomological Research: 2, 109-114



A single choice test was performed to examine developmental strategies in the uniparental endoparasitoid <i>Meteorus pulchricornis</i> and its host, the cotton bollworm <i>Helicoverpa armigera</i>. The results support the dome-shaped model in which the fitness functions are 'dome-shaped' relative to size (and age) of host at parasitism. Older and, hence, larger host larvae were simply not better hosts for the developing parasitoids.

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