Adaptative Value of the Egg-Laying Strategies in Ladybirds (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae)

  • Estado
  • Nome
    Marta Borges Martins do Vale
  • Entidade de acolhimento
    CITA-A – Centro de Investigação e Tecnologias Agrárias dos Açores


  • To compare the temporal segregation of the egg windows in ladybird presenting distinctive egg-laying strategies.
  • To characterize and cartography the egg-laying behaviour of Scymnus nubilis.
  • To determine how ladybirds with different egg-laying strategies allocate resources to reproduction as a function of food available.
  • To evaluate the ovarian dynamics of two ladybird species presenting a distinctive egg-laying strategy.
  • Testing the value of egg-laying strategies as a defensive mechanism against intraguild predation (IGP) and cannibalism (CNB).