Laboratory rearing of Cerotoma arcuate (Oliv.), a beetle vector of cowpea severe mosaic virus

G.L. Rajnauth, J.E. Pegus, S.Q. Haque


The cluysomelid beetle, Cerotoma arcuata (Oliv.), a vector of Cowpea Severe Mosaic Virus, was reared in the laboratory for the first time using two techniques of larval rearing; these techniques are described. The life cycle of the beetle was found to last 24-29 days from egg to adult.


Cerotoma arcuata (Oliv.); Cowpea severe mosaic virus; Life cycle; Rearing

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