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Observations of the larval stages of Diceroprocta apache Davis (Homoptera: Tibicinidae)

Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society

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Abstract

Diceroprocta apache Davis is a locally abundant cicada in the riparian woodlands of the southwestern United States. While its ecological importance has often been hypothesized, very little is known of its specific life history. This paper presents preliminary information on life history of D. apache from larvae collected in the field at seasonal intervals as well as a smaller number of reared specimens. Morphological development of the fore-femoral comb closely parallels growth through distinct size classes. The data indicate the presence of five larval instars in D. apache. Development times from greenhouse-reared specimens suggest a 3-4 year life span and overlapping broods were present in the field. Sex ratios among pre-emergent larvae suggest the asynchronous emergence of sexes.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Observations of the larval stages of Diceroprocta apache Davis (Homoptera: Tibicinidae)
Series title:
Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society
Volume:
75
Issue:
4
Year Published:
2002
Language:
English
Publisher:
Kansas (Central States) Entomological Society
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Description:
7 p.
First page:
283
Last page:
289