Mass Rearing of Acrida Exaltata (Orthoptera: Acrididae) Under the Laboratory Conditions
Pilot study was carried out in order to rear Acrida exaltata (Walker) under laboratory conditions. Target insects were reared on two diets Pennisetum glaucum and Saccharum officinarum. Culture was maintained for about 8days in the laboratory in order to observe feeding preference, moulting and feacal production. It was noted that insects feed more on P. glaucum (bajra) leaves compared to S. officinarum (sugar cane). Mortality and molting were also noted during this time. However, there was no significant difference in Mortality of insects on these diets.
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