Features of the aggregate way of life and its importance in leaf beetles larvae (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae) development

E. V. Guskova, Z. I. Tyumaseva


The article describes the importance of the aggregate way of life of leaf beetles’ larvae G. viminalis (Linnaeus, 1758) in the laboratory conditions. The obtained data prove that the aggregate way of life of G. viminalis larvae has a significant impact on the intensity of their feeding, growth and development. It is concluded that such coexistence of larvae allows them to build a defense strategy, ensuring survival in groups at early stages of development.


aggregated lifestyle; aggregation of insects; Chrysomeliade; Coleoptera; larvae

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15421/2017_107

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