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Observations on the Life History of the Desert Grasshopper (Trimerotropis pallidipennis pallidipennis) in Laboratory and Insectary Cages1

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Between February 1960 and December 1961 observations were made on the desert grasshopper (Trimerotropis pallidipennis pallidipennis (Burmeister)) at Mesa, Arizona. Average and maximum adult longe\'ity were 52.9 and 138.0 days, respectively. The average number of eggs per ovipositing female was225a,nd maximum production by a single female was 955 eggs in 27 pods. During July and August, eggs hatched in an average of 15.5 days. In late winter and early spring the average nymphal period was 53.5 days and at high summer temperatures, 32.2 days. It seems probable that this grasshopper could complete a generation in about 3 to 3½ months during the summer.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1963

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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