Canadian Forest Service Publications

A method of describing and using variability in development rates for the simulation of insect phenology. 1984. Régnière, J. The Canadian Entomologist 116: 1367-1376.

Year: 1984

Issued by: Laurentian Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 14409

Language: English

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An analytical method for the description of intrinsic variability in insect development rates for incorporation in phenology models is presented. Two sets of experimental data are used as examples. The method is easy to apply, can describe data accurately, produces highly realistic simulations of insect development, and is amenable to the simulation of age-dependent mortality, feeding, and reproduction. The method was developed for univoltine insects with discrete generations, but it can also be applied to multivoltine species with overlapping generations. A modification of the method to handle small samples is also discussed and applied to data.