Oviposition site selection in Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera): constraints and compromises

@article{Robertson2004OvipositionSS,
  title={Oviposition site selection in Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera): constraints and compromises},
  author={H. Robertson},
  journal={Oecologia},
  year={2004},
  volume={73},
  pages={601-608}
}
SummaryOviposition by Cactoblastis cactorum on Opuntia ficus-indica and O. aurantiaca was assessed from the positioning of egg sticks on plants in the field. The number of egg sticks laid on O. ficus-indica plants was affected by: (1) plant size; (2) moth emergence near the plant; (3) cladode condition; and (4) plant conspicuousness. These factors contributed towards the clumping of egg sticks on plants. There was no apparent oviposition preference for one of the two host plant species despite… Expand
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