Effects of honey and sucrose on longevity and fecundity of apanteles metesae (Nixon), a major parasitoid of the oil Palm Bagworm, Metisa Plana (Walker)

M. Salmah, M. W. Basri, Idris Abd. Ghani

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The effects of various concentrations of honey and sucrose on the longevity and fecundity of Apanteles metesae (Nixon), an endoparasitoid of oil palm bagworm, Metisa plana (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Psychidae) were studied in the laboratory. Our results showed that there were a significant difference (p<0.05) in the longevity of A. metesae fed on various concentrations of honey solutions. Longevity of A. metesae was significantly longer when fed on 50% honey than on pure honey. Nonetheless, longevity of A. metesae females fed on 50% honey was relatively longer than other honey concentrations. The parasitoid lived significantly longer when fed on 20% sucrose than when fed on 50% sucrose and distilled water. However, the parasitoid fed on 50% honey had a longevity that was statistically similar to 20% sucrose and 50% sucrose. Fecundity of A. metesae differed significantly (p<0.05) when fed on 50% honey, 20% sucrose and 50% sucrose. The highest and lowest fecundity was when the parasitoids fed on 20% sucrose and distilled water, respectively. Overall, the result showed that 20% sucrose was a more suitable diet for A. metesae females as compared with other diets.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1543-1548
Number of pages6
JournalSains Malaysiana
Volume41
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2012

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Keywords

  • Apanteles metesae
  • Diet
  • Fecundity
  • Longevity
  • Metisa plana

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Effects of honey and sucrose on longevity and fecundity of apanteles metesae (Nixon), a major parasitoid of the oil Palm Bagworm, Metisa Plana (Walker). / Salmah, M.; Basri, M. W.; Abd. Ghani, Idris.

In: Sains Malaysiana, Vol. 41, No. 12, 12.2012, p. 1543-1548.

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