parameters of the dubas bug, Ommatissus lybicus (Hem:
Tropiduchidae) at three constant temperatures
A. Payandeh* and A. Dehghan
Department of Plant Protection, Faculty of Agriculture, Bam
Branch, Islamic Azad University, Bam, Iran.
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Accepted 4 November, 2011
The dubas bug, Ommatissus lybicus Bergevin (Hemiptera:
Tropiduchidae) is one of the major pests of date palm in Bam
region, Iran. In this
life table parameters of O. lybicus were studied at
25, 30 and 35°C. The experiments were conducted in a leaf
cage at 60 ± 5% RH and a photoperiod of 16:8 (L: D) h. The
survival rate () of individuals developed to adults
from the initial cohort stages was estimated 0.78, 0.84 and
0.43 at 25, 30 and 35°C, respectively. The longest and
shortest life expectancy () of the pest was 91.9 and 62.5 days
at 25 and 35°C, respectively at the beginning of life. These
results indicate that 30°C could be the optimum temperature
for the biological activities of O. lybicus.
Bam, life table, temperature.