Group living accelerates bed bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) development.


For many insect species, group living provides physiological and behavioral benefits, including faster development. Bed bugs (Cimex lectularius L.) live in aggregations composed of eggs, nymphs, and adults of various ages. Our aim was to determine whether bed bug nymphs reared in groups develop faster than solitary nymphs. We reared first instars either in… (More)


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@article{Saenz2014GroupLA, title={Group living accelerates bed bug (Hemiptera: Cimicidae) development.}, author={Virna L. Saenz and Richard G. Santangelo and Edward L Vargo and Coby Schal}, journal={Journal of medical entomology}, year={2014}, volume={51 1}, pages={293-5} }