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Eupelmus vuilleti (Crawford) is an ectoparasitoid of the seed-eating beetle Bruchidius atrolineatus (Pic), which is an important pest of stored cowpea, Vigna unguiculata Walp, seeds in West Africa. Herein, we investigated the dispersal abilities of females within columns of seeds to assess the potential of E. vuilleti as a biological control agent of(More)
Synovigenic insects (i.e., insects emerging with few ripe eggs and maturing more eggs during the course of their lifetime) may suffer from transient egg limitation due to the stochastic nature of encounters with patchy hosts and the low availability of ripe eggs at any given time point. Egg limitation also affects the stability of host-parasitoid models.(More)
The cleptoparasitoid Eupelmus vuilleti recognizes and prefers laying on hosts parasitized by Dinarmus basalis to unparasitized hosts. This recognition is based on the perception of a chemical substance deposited on the surface of the seed. Dufour's gland secretion and cuticular hydrocarbons of D. basalis are attractive and may mediate the host(More)
Callosobruchus maculatus (F.) (Coleoptera : Bruchidae) is a tropical beetle that develops in the seeds of Vigna unguiculata. C. maculatus adults show an imaginal polymorphism with differences in morphological, behavioral and reproductive characteristics. Adults of the flight morph that emerge in cowpea storage systems were studied under natural climatic(More)
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