On 5/25/16 5:09 PM, Lois B. O'Brien
Bees have 4 or 5 instars, sometimes variable within a species, and
AFAIK ascalaphids and myrmeleontids only have 3. If you want to know
how meaningful the finding might be, you'd probably want to compare
only to other fulgoroids or other auchenorrhynchs.
While rearing them, they found only 4
instars, and we are wondering if this happens in many other
insects. There is a weevil, a Brachycerus species in Africa
that feeds on lily bulbs and if the bulb is small, has only 4
instars (Schalk Louw).
Doug Yanega Dept. of Entomology Entomology Research Museum
Univ. of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0314 skype: dyanega
phone: (951) 827-4315 (disclaimer: opinions are mine, not UCR's)
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