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Possible egg positioning and gluing behavior by ovipositing southern green stink bug, Nezara viridula (L.) (Heteroptera: Pentatomidae)

DOI: 10.1590/S1519-566X2006000100022

Keywords: insecta, oviposition behavior, egg mass, tarsomere.

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from march 2002 to january 2004, a colony of southern green stink bug, nezara viridula (l.), was kept in the laboratory, and its oviposition behavior was observed. during oviposition, soon after the egg is expelled, the female touches the egg mass with the dorsal surface of the last tarsomere; this movement of one leg of the hind pair occurred once. this small component of the oviposition behavior of this pentatomid is little known and not yet fully understood; it may help to position and glue the newly deposited egg to the others.


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