Hatching of migratory locust (Locusta migratoria, L.) (Orthoptera: Acrididae) eggs at several of texture and moisture levels in semi-field laboratory

Abstract

Migration locust (Locusta migratoria, L.) or Kembara (Indonesian) grasshopperis one of the herbivorous insects that lay eggs on the ground. The spawning process requires the right place, humidity, and type of soil. Moist soil and suitable soil texture can accelerate the hatching of grasshoppers into nymphs. This study aims to analyze the effect of texture and soil moisture level on hatching eggs of migratory locust (Locusta migratoria, L.).This research was carried out in a semi-field laboratory in Kefamenanu, North Central Timor Regency. The study was conducted for three months, from October to December 2018. The research method used completely randomized designs and data analysis using the Tukey’s HSD (honestly significant difference) 5% test. The results showed the texture of sandy clay loam with a humidity level of 60% (24.67 days) and 80% (22.33 days) can shorten the time of hatching eggs, and at 40% humidity on the texture of the clay lasts longer for 32.33 days.

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