Life‐history traits of the edible stinkbug, Encosternum delegorguei (Hem., Tessaratomidae), a traditional food in southern Africa

  title={Life‐history traits of the edible stinkbug, Encosternum delegorguei (Hem., Tessaratomidae), a traditional food in southern Africa},
  author={C. Dzerefos and Ed T. F. Witkowski and Robert B. Toms},
  journal={Journal of Applied Entomology},
Little is known of the life history of the edible stinkbug, Encosternum delegorguei, although it is an important food for people living in north‐eastern South Africa and southern Zimbabwe. The present study aimed to establish key elements influencing long‐term sustainable harvesting. Outdoor insectaries of two sizes were constructed to observe: daily activity, utilization of plants, copulation, oviposition, eclosion and survival from May 2006 to February 2007. The rest of the annual life cycle… 

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