Feeding and survival of Eriopis connexa (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) on broad mites
Abstract: The Coccinellidae predator Eriopis connexa feeds mainly on aphids. It has been found in chili pepper fields co-occurring with broad mites in the absence of aphids. We tested whether E. connexa larvae can feed and survive on a diet of broad mites. First instar larvae fed actively on broad mites. Larvae survive for some period feeding only on broad mites, but did not complete pre-imaginal development. Broad mites may be used by E. connexa as alternative food, allowing their survival until essential food is available.