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Studies of the Parasites of the Alfalfa Weevil in Europe

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The following is a brief account of a study of the parasites of the alfalfa weevil, Phytonomus posticus (Gyll.), made in Europe by the writer between August, 1921, and August, 1923. The 14 primary parasites encountered are listed and their habits and distribution briefly considered. As a result of this work the writer has come to believe that most of the more important parasites could withstand a climate similar to that of Utah, which is in the middle of the weevil-infested territory in the United States, that the apparent effect of the parasites upon the number of weevils in Europe is not a true measure of what their effect would be in this country, and that it is advisable to attempt the colonization of the more promising ones.

Document Type: Editorial

Publication date: December 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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