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Biology ofStethoconus praefectus(Distant) (Heteroptera: Miridae), A Newly Established Predator of the Avocado Lace Bug,Pseudacysta perseae(Heteroptera: Tingidae), in Florida
A BSTRACT The Asian plant bug Stethoconus praefectus (Distant) (Heteroptera: Miridae) was recently discovered in Florida preying on the avocado lace bug, Pseudacysta perseae (Heidemann) (Heteroptera: Tingidae). Its life cycle and effectiveness as a predator of P. perseae were investigated at 26 ± 1°C, 60 ± 5 RH, and 12: 12 (L: D) under laboratory conditions. Stethoconus praefectus developed from egg to adult in 16.5 ± 0.2 d. On average, the first 4 instars consumed 2 to 4 prey per day, whereasdoi:10.1653/024.092.0109 fatcat:ki3zv4amafbkfhpa2slxaxa3fa