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FREITAS, Simone Patrícia Carneiro; EVANGELISTA JUNIOR, Walter Santos; ZANUNCIO, José Cola  and  SERRAO, José Eduardo. Development, survival and reproduction of Podisus nigrispinus (Dallas, 1851) (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) with salt and amino acids solutions supplementary diet. Braz. arch. biol. technol. [online]. 2006, vol.49, n.3, pp.449-455. ISSN 1678-4324.

This study presents the effect of a supplementary diet with amino acids and sodium chloride solutions in addition to prey on the development, survival and reproduction of the predator Podisus nigrispinus (Heteroptera, Pentatomidae). Both solutions showed deleterious effects on nymph survival, adult weight, female longevity, number of egg masses, eggs per female, eggs per egg mass and nymphs per female besides egg viability of P. nigrispinus when compared with diet with water and prey. When compared with plant supplements in the diet the use of amino acids and salt solutions for mass rearing of P. nigrispinus was inferior.

Keywords : Nutrition; zoophytophagous; insecta; biological control.

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