A population of Taeniopoda reticulata in the region of Boca del Drago on the island of Isla Colon in the Bocas Del Torro Archipelago of Panama: June 15 – July 31, 2004.
Three females were observed ovipositing over the course of this study. One of these occasions was in the field and the other two were in captivity. Both captive ovipositions occurred after dark and the field observation was noted in the afternoon, well before sunset. The captive ovipositions occurred on the 18th and 26th of July and the field oviposition occurred on the 27th of July. The field site was underneath a Hymenocallis lily on a sunny day following a heavy rainstorm. There was not much herbaceous ground cover, but there was leaf litter. In captivity the females buried the ootheca approximately 5 cm deep, with the top of the pod about 2 cm beneath the sand. A pinkish white foam substance was the last material to be deposited and underneath that was a dark, thin layer that enclosed the eggs. The egg pod was approximately 9 X 45 mm and weighed 0.004g. One pod contained 43 black, elliptical eggs, and another had 28 eggs. After a female laid her eggs the ovipositor would be coated with a bright white substance, and this effect allowed me to determine whether or not a female had oviposited recently.
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