Geographical variation in responses to photoperiod and temperature by Leptinotarsa decemlineata (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) during and after dormancy

M. J. Tauber, C. A. Tauber, J. J. Obrycki, B. Gollands, R. J. Wright

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Abstract

During August, temperature and photoperiod only slightly affected the very intense diapause in field populations. By summer's end, diapause intensity diminishes, but photoperiod and temperature maintain diapause. Subsequently, Colorado potato beetles lose their responsiveness to photoperiod at high temperatures (c20°C), but at low temperatures (18-15°C) the beetles remain photoperiodically sensitive after emerging from the soil and initiating oviposition in the spring. Mated females that overwinter can lay fertile eggs without mating in the spring. Populations from climatically different areas in New York state have similar thermal thresholds (c12°C) for reproductive development after dormancy, but the Riverhead population has a less intense diapause and lower thermal requirements for initiating oviposition (K = 135 HDD12 [heat-degree days]) than the Freeville population (K = 213 HDD12). This diversity results in large differences in the timing of vernal emergence and oviposition at the 2 sites. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)764-773
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of the Entomological Society of America
Volume81
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1988

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  • Insect Science

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