limbatus commonly uses seeds of two host plants, blue paloverde (Cercidium floridum) and catclaw acacia (Acacia greggii) that differ substantially in their suitability for larval development--beetles reared on acacia have higher survivorship and faster development than beetles reared on paloverde (Fox et al.
We thus tested the hypothesis that maternal encounters with seeds of the native plant, blue paloverde (Cercidium floridum), during egg maturation allow S.
We compared the pattern of seed packaging in Cercidium floridum with packaging patterns in similar species (C.
Intra- and interindividual variation in seed production has been observed in the desert palo verde tree Cercidium floridum (Leguminosae) (Mitchell, 1977).
The cost in pod biomass remains and therefore we expect ironwood to produce a higher frequency of multiseeded pods compared to Cercidium floridum. The palo verdes are in the subfamily Caesalpinioideae, and desert ironwood is in the subfamily Papilionoideae.
On 5-6 September 1993, beetles were collected from Cercidium floridum (Fabaceae: Caesalpinioideae) along Scottsdale Highway, 2.7 km north of Bell Road (behind the Scottsdale Well), in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Maternal rearing host had a large effect on all three estimates of offspring survivorship (egg-to-adult, entering seeds, and within seeds); offspring of mothers reared on Cercidium floridum survived better on C.
limbatus reared on two host species (Cercidium floridum and Acacia greggii).