Selective Differentiation of Distinct Good Foragers of Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant for Population Genetic Studies


  • Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Department of Entomology and Nematology, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560089, India
  • National Bureau of Agriculturally Important Insects, Bangalore, Karnataka, 560 024, India


The present study explains an efficient method for identifying the good foragers among the Cryptolaemus montrouzieri Mulsant populations for genetic studies where the trait accuracy is of utmost importance. Subjecting the adult C. montrouzieri beetles to pre-starvation was found to be an accurate method for identifying the good foragers over continuous feeding.


Cryptolaemus montrouzieri, Predatory Coccinellid, Screening, Continuous Feeding, Pre-Starvation.

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