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A Stilt.-Bug, Jalysus Spinosus Say, Destructive to the Tomato

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A stilt-bug, Jalysus Spinosus Say is recorded as a serious pest of the tomato in Missouri. It is distributed from Maine to the Rocky Mountains and commonly occurs on the undergrowth of oak woods. It causes the blossoms to wither up and drop off, preventing the plants from setting fruit. The life-cycle, appearance, nature of injury, and control measures are briefly discussed.

This insect was first recorded as an enemy of the tomato in Missouri, several years ago. Its depredations have apparently not been as severe or its work may have been attributed to other agencies during the past few seasons, for no further record of its injury appears. During the past summer, however, the writer's attention was directed to it again, by an apparent blighting of the tomato blossoms in and around Mountain Grove and in other parts of the state. There was a consequent failure in the set of fruit and upon examination, early in July, it was found that there were many stilt-bugs present and that these insects were responsible for the damage done.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1924

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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