EFFICIENCY OF THE PREDATORY MITE AGISTEMUS EXSERTUS GONZALEZ (ACARI: STIGMAEIDAE) AS BIOAGENT OF EPHESTIA CAUTELLA (WALKER) (LEPIDOPTERA : PYRALIDAE)

A. Halawa, K. Aiad, M EL-Sebaey
2014 Journal of Plant Protection and Pathology  
The efficiency of Agistemus exsertus Gonzalez was studied on Ephestia cautella (Walker) eggs as the food source in laboratory at two temperatures 25 °C and 30°C. Although a predatory successfully completed its life cycle exclusively on this prey, the rate of predation, life cycle, and oviposition were varied under different temperatures, whereas the predation rate listed 48 egg/individual and 57.71 egg / individuals at 25 °C and 30 °C, respectively, while the life cycle period was durated 16.05
more » ... d was durated 16.05 days and 11.93 days, respectively. At the same previous conditions, the oviposition rate was durated 2.28 egg/day and 3.11 egg/day, respectively. Therefore, the predatory mite could play an important role in checking the population of Lepidopteran pest.
doi:10.21608/jppp.2014.87885 fatcat:452q3imm7rgchjiywuf7wcczca