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BIOMETRIAL MEASURMENTS OF LIFE STAGES OF SENOMETOPIA ILLOTA CURRAN (DIPTERA: TACHINIDAE) A LARVAL PUPAL PARASITOID ON HELICOVERPA ARMIGRA HUBNER.

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Author(s): Chaudhari SV

Journal: International Journal of Bioassays
ISSN 2278-778X

Volume: 2;
Issue: 6;
Start page: 850;
Date: 2013;

Keywords: Biology | Biometry | Senometopia illota | Helicoverpa armigera | Life Stages.

ABSTRACT
A biometrial measurements of life stages of Senometopia illota Curran, a larval pupal parasitoid on Helicoverpa armigera Hubner was studied.  Size of egg, larvae, puparia and adults was measured.  The length and width of cephalic skeleton, posterior spiracles of all three instars were measured.  Duration of different life stages recorded. Size of macrotype eggs 0.65 mm 1x0.22 mm w. The newly hatched microscopic first instar larva was 0.517 mm in length and 0.11 mm width. The third instar larvae emerged from host body measured 9.413 mm in length and 2.788 mm in width.  Body size, cephalic skeleton and posterior spiracles increased in length and width as larva grown. Total larval and pupal duration each recorded was about 11-12 days at 25±1°C. The body size of male and female recorded was 9.7 x 3.8 mm and 9.25 x 3.25 mm, respectively.  The longevity in adults 2 to 30 days with an average of 12 days was recorded.  Premating period, duration of mating, preoviposition period, oviposition period, total times for adult emergence were also recorded.
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