Nymphs of the potato leafhopper were caged in small clear plastic snap boxes for individual survival studies. All experiments were conducted at 85°F in a darkened incubator, minimizing responses to light and varying temperature. The leafhopper nymphs were sustained on an agar gel matrix containing sugars and amino acids. Relative nutritional adequacy was evaluated by the time required to reach 50% survival. The lowest mortality rate occurred on a 7% sucrose-2% agar medium. Preferential utilization of the glucose fraction of sucrose was indicated. A medium composed of agar, sucrose, and the 10 amino acids essential for human and rat nutrition tripled the 50% survival time compared with agar controls.
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Dahlman, Douglas L.
"Survival of Empoasca labae (Harris) (Cicadellidae, Homoptera) on Synthetic Media,"
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