Mass rearing of Aonidiella orientalis (Newstead) (Hemiptera: Diaspididae) on butternut gramma.
Aonidiella orientalis, was successfully reared in the laboratory on butternut gramma (Cucurbita moschata) for at least 30 generations. Males took 19.5 ± 2.7 days (mean ± SD) from the crawler stage to adult. Females took 44.2 ± 2.4 days from the crawler stage to production of the first crawler of the subsequent generation. The scale colony is primarily used to reproduce parasitoids for limited release to the pawpaw industry.