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Development of the Orchid Weevil, Orchidophilus aterrimus (Waterhouse)

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Title:Development of the Orchid Weevil, Orchidophilus aterrimus (Waterhouse)
Authors:Mau, Ronald F.L.
Date Issued:1983
Publisher:Hawaiian Entomological Society
Citation:Mau RFL. 1983. Development of the orchid weevil, Orchidophilus aterrimus (Waterhouse). Proc Hawaiian Entomol Soc 24:293-297.
Abstract:Orchidophilus aterrimus (Waterhouse) is a weevil pest of Vanda, Dendrobium, Phalaenopsis, and other orchids in Hawaii. Development of all immature stages usually occurred within orchid pseudobulbs. Eggs were deposited into cavities made by adult feeding and hatched in an average of 11.3 days. Larval development was completed in approximately 117 days. Larvae pupated in cells within the gallery. The pupal stadium averaged 15.9 days. The entire life cycle required an average of 144 days. A 47 day preoviposition period was observed. Females laid an average of 2.4 eggs per week during their lifespan. Feeding and oviposition occurred primarily during daylight hours.
Pages/Duration:5 pages
Appears in Collections: Volume 24, Nos. 2 & 3 – 1983 : Hawaiian Entomological Society

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