Voltinism and laboratory rearing of Microvelia hinei (Heteroptera: Gerromorpha: Veliidae)

Steven J. Taylor, J. E. McPherson

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Voltinism in Microvelia hinei was studied in southern Illinois during 1989 and 1990. This species apparently overwintered as adults, which became active in late April; adults were last collected in late September. First instars were found from mid-May to late June, second instars from early-May to late October, third instars from mid-May to mid-July, fourth instars from mid-May to mid-August, and fifth instars from mid-May to mid-August. The sequences of peaks of nymphal instars and adults indicate that this species is at least bivoltine in southern Illinois. This species was reared from egg to adult at 26.7 ± 0.6°C and under a 14L:10D photoperiod. The incubation period averaged 6.41 days; and the five nymphal stadia, 4.28, 2.76, 2.52, 3.00, and 4.08 days, respectively. Total developmental time averaged 25.00 days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalGreat Lakes Entomologist
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Mar 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Laboratory rearing
  • Life history
  • Microvelia hinei
  • Southern Illinois
  • Voltinism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Insect Science


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