Submitted to: Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: August 29, 2005
Publication Date: July 24, 2005
Citation: Shapiro, J.P., Legaspi, J.C. 2005. Food quality and reproductive fitness of the predator podisus maculiventris. Florida Entomological Society Annual Meeting. Technical Abstract: To determine the nutritional value of prey to adult female Podisus maculiventris in terms of biochemical effects, and to further define food quality, fresh weights and contents of lipid, total soluble protein, and yolk protein were compared over periods of 7, 15, and 22 days in response to feeding on each of five prey species. Total lipid content was the most significant parameter in relation to time, species of prey, and reproduction in the predator.