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The influence of feeding on predatory tactics in a water bug

Abstract : The tropical belostomatid Diplonychus indicusVenk. & Rao (Heter-optera: Belostomatidae) forages both actively and from ambush, changing frequently from one predatory mode to the other. Analyses presented here of the influence of feeding and of developmental stage on several locomotory and predatory parameters show that the fact that a bug was eating did not prevent it from reacting to and from seizing prey items, but it did influence the mode of predatory attempts. Feeding bugs were less active and they foraged actively less frequently, but feeding did not affect the frequency of predatory attempts from ambush. No important variations during development were found and first stadium larvae behaved similarly to adults. Capture success rates were higher at all developmental stages during a meal than when a bug was not eating and rejection rates were lower during a meal. These results suggest that, when eating, Diplonychus indicus bugs aim more successfully at prey items they are more likely to capture and to eat.
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Ann Cloarec. The influence of feeding on predatory tactics in a water bug. Physiological Entomology, Wiley, 1992, 17 (1), pp.25-32. ⟨10.1111/j.1365-3032.1992.tb00986.x⟩. ⟨hal-01365719⟩



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