Effects of starvation and mating status on the activity of the flea beetle, Phyllotreta nemorum (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae)

K. Oku, K.M.C.A. Vermeer, P. Verbaarschot, P.W. de Jong

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Abstract

Flea beetles are characterized by their tendency to jump. They can also fly. First, the effects of starvation on flight activity in the flea beetle, Phyllotreta nemorum L. (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) were determined. After starving P. nemorum for five days a greater number of individuals of both sexes flew than when fed continuously for the same period. In addition, the effect of the mating status of females of P. nemorum on their movement was determined. Mated females were more active than virgin females. It is concluded that starvation stimulates the flight activity of both sexes and mating activates the movement of females of P. nemorum.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)549-551
JournalEuropean Journal of Entomology
Volume107
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords

  • flight activity
  • host-plant
  • age

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