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Oviposition and development of the immature stages of Tomicus minor (Coleoptera, Scolytidae)

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1 This paper describes the construction process of the brood gallery of Tomicus minor and its total length as well as the length of each arm, the fertile part where the female lays her eggs and also, the infertile part.

>2 The presence of the parents during the process and their position in the brood gallery (arms or mating chamber) is studied and how it influences the number of eggs laid. Both the first brood galleries and those burrowed by the repenetrating females were observed.

3 The development and duration of the immature stages of the insect in the 3-year study period, from laying to the emergence of the young beetles from the F1 generation, were also studied.
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Keywords: Life cycle; Spain; Tomicus minor; oviposition; pine

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Dpto. Biología Animal (Zoología), Universidad de León, León, Spain and 2: Dpto. Producción Vegetal y Silvopascicultura, University of Valladolid, Palencia, Spain

Publication date: 1999-05-01

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