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Unusual Oviposition on the Body of Conspecifics by Phytophagous Heteropterans

Oviposição Incomum no Corpo de Indivíduos Coespecíficos por Heterópteros Fitófagos

During March 2000 and February-March 2001, the oviposition behavior on the body of conspecifics by the pentatomid Euschistus heros (F.) and by the alydid Neomegalotomus parvus (West.) was studied. This behavior, uncommon for the species, was observed while maintaining rearing colonies in the laboratory. Apparently, this is the first record of oviposition on conspecifics by these two species of bugs in the laboratory.

Insecta; Heteroptera; Pentatomidae; oviposition behavior; conspecifics

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