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Immature Stages of Lathridiidae


Detailed information on immature stages of Lathridiidae is being acquired.  However, Flanders (1936b) noted that the South American Coccidophilus citricola Brethes is predaceous in its active stages on diaspine Coccidae.  The female places her eggs under the host scale covering, and hatching occurs 8-9 days later.  The larval feeding period takes 10 days, though the stage persists for 13-20 days.  Pupation takes place in crevices, and the adult beetle emerges 5 days later.  At temperatures of 24-27EC, the cycle from egg to adult is 27-35 days.



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