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Table 1 Biology of Dortus primarius on tomato plant fed with Corcyra cephalonica eggs and Frankliniella schultzei larvae. In row means with different letters are significantly different with each other (Mann- Whitney U test; P < 0.05)

From: Biology and functional response of the predator, Dortus primarius (Distant) (Hemiptera: Miridae) preying on Frankliniella schultzei (Trybom) (Thysanoptera: Thripidae)

Stage C. cephalonica eggs F. schultzei larvae
  Mean ± SE Mean ± SE
Pre-oviposition period (days) 4.0 ± 0.14a 4.1 ± 0.14a
Incubation period (days) 7.95 ± 0.15a 7.9 ± 0.16a
Duration of nymphal instars (days)
 I 3.6 ± 0.11a 3.6 ± 0.11a
 II 2.6 ± 0.11a 2.8 ± 0.09a
 III 2.8 ± 0.09a 2.8 ± 0.09a
 IV 2.6 ± 0.11b 3.4 ± 0.11a
V 3.6 ± 0.11a 3.8 ± 0.17a
Total nymphal period (days) 15.2 ± 0.26b 16.4 ± 0.23a
Total developmental period (days)(eggs to adult)
 Male 21.8 ± 0.17b 23.8 ± 0.17a
 Female 23.4 ± 0.23a 24.2 ± 0.33a
 Longevity of male (days) 14.6 ± 0.23b 15.95 ± 0.64a
 Longevity of female (days) 20.2 ± 0.17b 21.6 ± 0.47a
 Eggs/female 127.6 ± 2.26a 132 ± 1.80a
 Per cent hatching 90.9 ± 0.16a 89.1 ± 0.25b
 Per cent adults developed 73.2 ± 0.32b 77.7 ± 1.22a