Life History Traits of the Liverwort Herbivore Scatopsciara cunicularius (Diptera: Sciaridae)

  title={Life History Traits of the Liverwort Herbivore Scatopsciara cunicularius (Diptera: Sciaridae)},
  author={W. Sawangproh and N. Cronberg},
  journal={Annals of the Entomological Society of America},
  pages={343 - 349}
Abstract We studied the behavior, life cycle, and reproductive biology of the sciarid fly Scatopsciara cunicularius (Lengersdorf, 1943) under two constant temperatures. The sciarid was reared at 12.3 ± 0.6°C and 22 ± 1.7°C on its host, the liverwort Marchantia polymorpha L. Our results show that the sciarid fly is able to complete its life cycle with liverwort tissue as its only source of food. The egg-laying potential of the insect ranged from 70–174 eggs per female (mean 110 ± 31 eggs… Expand
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