Effect of prey density on sex ratio of two predacious mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis and Amblyseius womersleyi (Acari: Phytoseiidae)

@article{Toyoshima2004EffectOP,
  title={Effect of prey density on sex ratio of two predacious mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis and Amblyseius womersleyi (Acari: Phytoseiidae)},
  author={Shingo Toyoshima and Hiroshi Amano},
  journal={Experimental & Applied Acarology},
  year={2004},
  volume={22},
  pages={709-723}
}
The sex ratios of two phytoseiid mites, Phytoseiulus persimilis and Amblyseius womersleyi, were observed under various prey conditions. Upon consumption of abundant prey, both phytoseiids produced progeny in a female-biased sex ratio (approximately 0.8 females). When few prey were consumed, the sex ratio was lowered to 0.5 (the unbiased sex ratio). Under the conditions in which the unbiased sex ratio was observed, male and female progeny appeared in an alternating sequence. To determine the… CONTINUE READING