Effects of Continuous Ligth and Darkness on the Total Lipid Amounts of Achroia grisella (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae)’s Different Ages Adults

Yeşim KOÇ, Evrim SÖNMEZ


Achroia grisella is a harmful species for combs and it’s larvae are known as causing serious damages in beekeeping. It is important to know the biological characteristics of this insect for biological control and laboratory studies. Photoperiod affects many metabolic and physiological activities of organisms. In this study, were investigated the effect on the amount of total lipid in continuous light and continuous darkness in A. grisella that different age. Studies were carried out under the laboratory conditions at 28 ± 2 ° C temperature and 65 % ± 5 relative humidity. Illumination was done with 40 W fluorescent bulbs in different photoperiod regimes. Calculating the amount of lipids for analysis, van Handel (1985) test was used. Both females and males, the amounts of lipids decreased as the adult aging. Results from this study is show that increase of dark period, caused decrease amounts of lipids. The amount of lipid in females is more than those observed for males

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