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Nesting biology of a spider wasp Auplopus sp. (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) in Vietnam

Nesting biology of a spider wasp Auplopus sp. (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) in Vietnam

Nesting biology of a spider wasp Auplopus sp. (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae) in Vietnam

 Phong Huy Pham

  Institute of Ecology and Biological Resources, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, 18- Hoang Quoc Viet Road, Hanoi, Vietnam

ABSTRACT

 Nesting biology of Auplopus sp. in Vietnam is presented. Nesting site of A. sp. was on the wall corners or on the foundation of a desert house. The nest was constructed with a single row or two rows of 3 - 6 exposed mud cells, one of which was open. Each closured cell was provisioned with a single prey spider whose legs were amputated. The prey spiders were immatures of a species of the genus Heteropoda, family Sparassidae. Developmental time of egg, larva, pre-pupa, pupa, and pre-adult was 6 - 7, 13 - 14, 5 - 7, 41 - 43, and 3 - 4 days, respectively. The duration of egg to adult development ranged from 68 to 75 days.

 

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Punjab University Journal of Zoology

June

Vol. 37, Iss. 1, pp. 1-92

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