The Fundamental Importance of Life-History Data in Biological Control Work

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The various ways in which a knowledge of the different phases of the life-history of entomophagous insects is essential in biological control work are discussed. The most important requirement is the determination of the exact host-relationship of the parasite. Then a knowledge of oviposition and mating habits is shown to be essential to the successful rearing and colonization of beneficial insects. The relation of parthenogenetic reproduction to the establishment of exotic insects is also considered and the question of antagonism between two species attacking the same stage of the host is discussed. It is pointed out that the more detailed the life-history knowledge, the greater are the chances of successful work with entomophagous species.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1926

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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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