Testing hypotheses on egg number and size in black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae).

  title={Testing hypotheses on egg number and size in black flies (Diptera: Simuliidae).},
  author={Bj{\"o}rn Malmqvist and Peter H Adler and Darius Strasevicius},
  journal={Journal of vector ecology : journal of the Society for Vector Ecology},
  volume={29 2},
Field-collected gravid females were used to test a series of inter- and intraspecific hypotheses on egg size and number in 23 species of black flies. Qualitative differences between bird and mammal blood did not result in significant differences with respect to fecundity properties. The five species with overwintering larvae produced more eggs than did the 18 species with overwintering eggs. Contrary to prediction, egg size was correlated significantly with body size in only two of 17 examined… CONTINUE READING

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