Life History and Behavior of the Fig Moth, Cadra cautella Walker, as Affected by Varying Moisture Levels of Copra

Rowena V. Paglinawan and Lorenza B. de Pedro


Life cycle was longer, and fecundity of females and percent hatchability of eggs were lower when moths were reared on copra with 3 to 40% moisture content than when they were reared on substrates with 5 to 14% moisture content. Longevity, feeding, mating and oviposition behavior of adults were not significantly affected by the moisture levels tested. No significant difference in the life history of the insect was observed during the first and second generation.

Keywords: Cadra cautella Walker. Lite history. Behavior.Moisture level.

Annals of Tropical Research 8(1):(1986)
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