Journal article

PHENOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT AND SEASONAL DISTRIBUTION OF THE RUTHERGLEN BUG, NYSIUS-VINITOR BERGROTH (HEMIPTERA, LYGAEIDAE), ON VARIOUS HOSTS IN VICTORIA, SOUTHEASTERN AUSTRALIA

G MCDONALD, AM SMITH

BULLETIN OF ENTOMOLOGICAL RESEARCH | C A B INTERNATIONAL | Published : 1988

Abstract

Populations of Nysius vinitor Bergroth were studied from 1979 to 1982 in two weed hosts, Arctotheca calendula and Polygonum aviculare, and eight irrigated sunflower crops in a summer cropping area of northern Victoria, Australia. The spring generation began with the adults colonizing flowering A.calendula plants in September and concluded with the rapid development of late stage nymphs and an exodus of adults from these plants from mid-November to December. Gradual invasion of sunflowers occurred mostly in late December and reached a peak at flowering, after which nymphs appeared. P. aviculare attracted adults from February and hosted a number of overlapping generations until winter. The wee..

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