Phytoseiidae increase with pollen deposition on citrus leaves

R. T. Villanueva, C. C. Childers

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A positive correlation was found between numbers of phytoseiids and numbers of pollen grains on grapefruit leaves in this study. One or more pollens are important food sources for many phytoseiid species. Pollens of Citrus sp., Pinus sp., Quercus sp., and other plants coincided with increases in phytoseiid numbers in the field. The dominant phytoseiid species, I. quadripilis and T. peregrinus, are generalists that can be reared in the laboratory on exclusive diets of pollen from the ice plant, Malephora crocea (Jacquin).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-611
Number of pages3
JournalFlorida Entomologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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