Anais da Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil (2000) 29, 839-841

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Maurício U. Ventura, Jovenil J. Silva and Antônio R. Panizzi (2000)
Phytophagous Neomegalotomus parvus (Westwood) (Hemiptera: Alydidae) feeding on carrion and feces
Anais da Sociedade Entomológica do Brasil 29 (4), 839-841
Abstract: The phytophagous bug Neomegalotomus parvus (West.) feeds on pods and seeds of legumes. However, by the first time, in a laboratory colony, adults were found feeding on coespecific nymph and adult cadavers. Second instar nymphs, deprived of leguminous seeds, fed exclusively on died nymphs, reached the third instar. In the field, adults of N. parvus were found on animal carrions and feces, apparently feeding. Aggregations of adults were found on dog feces, as well.
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Database assignments for author(s): Antônio R. Panizzi, Maurício Ursi Ventura

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general biology - morphology - evolution

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Neomegalotomus simplex