darkling beetle Alphitobius diaperinus

Forum: Spatial distribution and population fluctuation of the darkling beetle Alphitobius diaperinus (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae)

Published on: 07/18/2012
Author/s : Agabou Amir (University of Constantine)& Alloui Nadir (University of Batna)
INTRODUCTION Alphitobius diaperinus is one of the most predominant poultry litters inhabiting insect species all over the world. It has been shown to be able of transmitting a large variety of poultry pathogenic organisms, such as viral agents (IBDV…) [1], bacterial disease organisms (Salmonella spp, Campylobacter spp…) [2] and several poultry parasites.Understanding the biology, the...
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Yogeshwar Patel Yogeshwar Patel
Veterinary Doctor
July 18, 2012

Dear Sir,
Your data about Alphitobius diaperinus is really interesting. This is the common problem for commercial broiler producers.
If you have any idea about depopulation of these insects (In both condition , present and absence of birds) please suggest me.


Nadir Alloui Nadir Alloui
Veterinary Doctor
July 20, 2012

Dear colleague

Good article about Spatial distribution and population fluctuation of the darkling beetle Alphitobius diaperinus.The fight against this insect is very difficult. When the building is empty, can use various insecticides sold on the market. However, when the building contains animals, it is impossible to fight against this insect, because it hides everywhere and insecticides are dangerous for chickens. Can reduce the insect population by adding lime in the litter.
The best way to control these insects, it is the crawl


Pr Nadir Alloui

August 30, 2012

Good job ,congratulations.Hope to read more from you in the future.

Dr Buzerayb A, Ph-D in veterinary Medecine, Russia

Dr. Aminul Islam Dr. Aminul Islam
November 11, 2015
Alphitobius diaperinus is a minor pest of stored wheat, rice and even mustard. I have been in touch with this insect since a long time and have carefully watched their behavior and life cycle. They are very abundant in rainy season when temperature remains about 28-30oC with about 85-90% RH. It is quite difficult to collect their eggs because they oviposit in the lower stratum of the culture pots amongst the powered grains. Their larvae are voracious feeder and mostly they moult 5-6 times undergoing 6-7 instars. Their pupae are naked, off white in color and moult to adult in 6-7 days. Their number remains at minimum level during the winter and maximum in rainy season. However it is very difficult to control these pest.
Dr. Aminul Islam
M.Sc. Ph. D. PDF (USA)
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