Center for Systematic Entomology, Gainesville, Florida


Date of this Version

December 1986


Published in Insecta Mundi Vol. 1, no. 4, December 1986. Copyright © 1986 Selander.
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The receipt, recently, of several requests for information and assistance in rearing blister beetles (Meloidae) has prompted me to prepare the following account of the rearing method used in my laboratory. In order to make the account as useful as possible to new students. I have included a considerable amount of information on meloid bionomics. Larval phases are designated as triungulin (TI, first grub (FG), coarctate (C), and second grub (SG). Where necessary, instar is indicated by a numerical subscript. The pupa and adult are symbolized by P and A, respectively. 1 assume that the reader has some knowledge of the taxonomy of the Meloidae.

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