The Life History and Control of the Cranberry Weevil, Anthonomus Musculus Say (Coleoptera: Curculionidae)

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The Cranberry Weevil occurs sporadically on Massachusetts bogs, often causing considerable loss to the cranberry crop before its presence is suspected. Taxonomically, the true cranberry weevil is Anthonomus Musculus Say, not A. suturalis LeConte, as it has been referred to in the past. But one generation a year occurs in Massachusetts. Both larvae and adults are of economic importance. Control measures carried out experimentally resulted in the adoption of a mixture of Bordeaux, calcium arsenate, lime, and fish-oil soap. This proved efficient when applied commercially. The Bordeaux and soap tend to spread the mixture evenly over the waxy cuticle of the cranberry leaf and fruit and to make it stick under severe conditions. The addition of lime safeguards the use of the arsenate and soap in combination, so that there is no danger of foliage injury.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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