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Host plants for oviposition in Rhynocoris albopilosus Signoret (Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in southern Côte d’Ivoire

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Koffi Eric Kwadjo, Kouadio Dagobert Kra, Mamadou Doumbia, Bleu GondoDouan, YaoTano, Eric Haubruge

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Int. J. Agron. Agri. Res.12( 3), 1-8, March 2018


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Conservation of natural enemies is one of the most important concepts in practice of biological control. The experiment was carried out to know the noncultivated host plants on which the predator Rhynocoris albopilosus could establish and reproduce. Three different types of vegetation were identified and all plants in a given plot were carefully examined for the presence of any batch of eggs of R. albopilosus. As result, four plant species have been identified as host plants for laying in R. albopilosus in all plots surveyed: Passiflora foetida, Pueraria phaseoloides, Laportea aestuans and Erigeron floribundus. More batches (75%) were detected in vegetable crops and most R. albopilosus eggs were laidon P. foetida. Females lay eggs usually on the underside of leaves and predator males were observed keeping 56 (73.68%) egg batches individually. So, the conservation R. albopilosus in areas of crop production in Côte d’Ivoire is possible, by using P. foetida, its main host plant for oviposition.


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