THE PLANT-SUCKING BUG OXYCARENUS ARCTATUS (WALKER) (HEMIPTERA: LYGAEIDAE) DEVELOPING IN CATTLE DUNG IN DROUGHT AND POST-DROUGHT CONDITIONS

Authors

  • T. E. WoodWard

    1. Department of Entomology, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Qld 4067.
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      Queensland Museum, Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Qld 4006.


Abstract

Evidence is given for feeding and at least complete postembryonic development of Oxycarenus arctatus in cattle dung in Victoria in drought and post-drought conditions. Nymphs and nymphal exuviae, both of all 5 instars, and recently emerged adults were present in large numbers in the dung. It is suggested that such development enables local survival through drought periods.

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