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Table 5 Consumption and duration (/days) of three predatory larval stages in relation to prey energy reserve

From: Energy reserves in Brevicoryne brassicae (Lin.) (Homoptera: Aphididae) instars and their effect on predation and longevity of three coccinellid species under laboratory conditions

B. brassicae instars Total energy, cal/mg Total larval instars
C. septempunctata C. undecimpunctata S. interruptus
Duration Prey* Duration Prey* Duration Prey*
1st 0.248161 a 23.83 a 89.42 a 21.17 ab 81.83 a 17.17 a 69.25 a
2nd 0.340355 b 24.33 a 78.33 b 21.50 a 73.83 b 16.33 ab 63.92 a
3rd 0.393617 c 21.00 b 67.42 c 20.83 ab 68.18 b 15.33 b 57.92 b
4th 0.430161 d 23.33 a 63.17c 20.17 bc 59.25 c 16.67 a 51.25 c
Adult 0.463839 d 23.83 a 60.00 d 19.50 c 54.58 c 17.50 a 51.75 c
Instar LSD 5%   1.32 5.89 1.32 6.32 1.22 5.93
Regression Equation No. of consumed prey = − 42.07 + 5.76* No. of Consumed prey = − 40.19 + 4.09* No. of consumed prey = − 30.30 + 5.98*
r 0.97 0.29 0.98
R2 0.93 0.081 0.96
  1. *Prey = number of consumed prey