Effect of Hosts on the Egg Coloration of the Parasite Bracon gelechiæ Ashmead (Braconidæ)

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SALT1 has reviewed the literature on the effect of hosts upon their insect parasites. Knight2 found that a carotinoid pigment of the bug Perillus was obtained from its prey, the potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata). Toumanoff3 discovered that in Dixippus morosus the pigmentation may be transmitted by the female to the eggs and so to the offspring. I have not come across any record of the effect of hosts upon the pigmentation of the eggs of the parasite.

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    Salt, G., Biol. Rev., 16, 239 (1941).

  2. 2

    Knight, H., Ann. Ent. Soc. Amer., 17, 288 (1924).

  3. 3

    Toumanoff, K., C.R. Soc. Biol., Paris, 98, 198 (1928).

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GUPTA, G. Effect of Hosts on the Egg Coloration of the Parasite Bracon gelechiæ Ashmead (Braconidæ). Nature 168, 793 (1951). https://doi.org/10.1038/168793a0

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