Effect of temperature on embryonic development and diapause in Chesias legatella (Lepidoptera: Geometridae)


  • *Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts.


The changing temperature requirements of Chesias legatella Schiffermüller during embryonic development are investigated. The eggs are laid in the autumn and embryogenesis is interrupted by a short diapause at the germ band stage, after which development proceeds slowly throughout the winter. The effects of temperature during the pre-diapause, diapause and post-diapause phases of development are assessed by examination of the rate and variability of morphogenesis through all the embryonic stages. An examination is presented of the effect of temperature during the late autumn on the rate and uniformity of diapause termination, and consequently on the length of the hatching period the following spring.