Effects of Dietary Protein Levels on Reproduction and Food Consumption in the German Cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae)

  title={Effects of Dietary Protein Levels on Reproduction and Food Consumption in the German Cockroach (Dictyoptera: Blattellidae)},
  author={Robert L. Hamilton and Coby Schal},
  journal={Annals of The Entomological Society of America},
  • R. HamiltonC. Schal
  • Published 1 November 1988
  • Biology
  • Annals of The Entomological Society of America
The effects of four diets (commercial rat food, 5, 25, and 65% protein) on reproduction and daily food consumption of male and female German cockroaches were investigated. Females compensate for low dietary protein levels by elevating consumption rates and reproduce normally. Conversely, a high-protein diet significantly delayed mating in females and resulted in smaller oothecae. Percentage hatch of oothecae and male sexual maturation were unaffected by dietary protein content. Males that were… 

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