Effects of lime hydrate on the growth and development of darkling beetle
, Alphitobius diaperinus.
Just before dawn, a lone darkling Beetle (Stenocara gracilipes) emerges from his burrow and scurries up the side of a towering sand dune in one of the most arid habitats on Earth, the Namib Desert along Africa's southwest Skeleton Coast.
Students at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lima, Peru, have constructed a billboard with a hydrophilic surface, similar to that of the Darkling Beetle. They have elegantly engineered a method for capturing, condensing, funneling, purifying, storing, and dispensing up to 96 liters of fresh water a day from a single billboard.
Litter reuse, darkling beetle populations and intestinal parasites.
Feeding behavior and growth of broiler chicks fed larvae of the darkling beetle, Alphitobius diaperinus.
Dominance by the darkling beetles
is attributed largely to their capability of utilizing the burrows of rodents, especially those of the locally common Merriam's kangaroo rat (Dipodomys merriami Mearns).
Comparisons between connectivity treatments of the number of observation points in the area occupied by the corridor versus points outside the corridor area revealed significant shifts in movement behavior for darkling beetles, Eleodes extricata, but not for June beetles or field crickets.
Specifically, darkling beetles concentrated their movement activity in corridors.
A total of 524 darkling beetles were captured over the 2-yr period (139 in 1994, 385 in 1995).
Diets of darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) within a shrub-steppe ecosystem.
1993b) consisting of darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae, Eleodes obsoleta Say) moving in microlandscapes in which the proportion of different landscape elements was held constant, but the grain of the pattern was varied.
We used darkling beetles as model organisms in our experiments.
Darkling beetles (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae) are conspicuous components of the terrestrial invertebrate fauna of arid and semiarid ecosystems of western North America (Allsop, 1980).
Darkling beetles have morphological, physiological and behavioral adaptations to hot dry environments and, as a consequence, most studies of tenebrionid communities have been conducted in deserts (Crawford, 1991).
A removal experiment with darkling beetles
: lack of evidence for interspecific competition.