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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.
Previous results indicate that females often encounter paloverde seeds prior to colonizing Texas ebony in central Arizona (Fox et al.
To examine the effects of female exposure to host seeds on the subsequent survivorship of their larvae on Texas ebony, females were exposed to seeds of either the native paloverde (which stimulates the production of large eggs) or the nonnative Texas ebony (which, like A.
Females that encountered paloverde seeds during egg maturation laid eggs that were [greater than] 10% larger than those laid by females exposed only to Texas ebony (Fig.
Females exposed to seeds of paloverde during egg maturation change the type of eggs that they produce so that their progeny are also capable of developing on seeds of Texas ebony.
When larvae are reared on the blue paloverde, Cercidium floridum, there appears to be a threshold egg size below which larval mortality is nearly 100%.
In 2009, the outer circumference of the crowns of the paloverdes most often used as landmark waiting sites by males of P.
Three paloverdes were among the most popular four sites; the fourth was a small cluster of creosote-bushes growing next to another paloverde.
Finally, the paloverdes and large shrubs most likely to have males of P.
Individual flies generally hovered near or perched on the ground by prominent paloverde trees and shrubs on the backbone of the ridge.
Interactions between males were noted only occasionally, although it was common for more than one male to be near a particular paloverde or shrub either at the same time or sequentially.
M'Closkey (1983) observed that rodent foraging was concentrated under shrubs that were dropping seeds; McAuliffe (1990) observed that rodents harvested 97% of the seed pods of paloverde trees within 1 wk of seed drop; and McAdoo et al.
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