Living With Degree Days

Left: Blowflies reared for 5 days at the constant temperature indicated

Right: Typical Development Vs Temperature curve

Insects do not maintain a constant temperature. Insect body temperature varies with ambient temperature. Insect rate of growth and development is proportional to temperature. Below a minimum temperature, there is no development. Above the minimum temperature (Developmental Threshold), the growth rate increases to a maximum, then declines as insects suffer heat stress near…

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