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Notes on The Occurrence of Luperodes Thorasicus as An Insect Pest of Fruit Trees

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Luperodes Thorasicus, a small, dark beetle formerly not known to occur in numbers sufficient to cause any economic concern was found in an orchard in the central part of Pennsylvania doing damage to the foliage of peach, apple and plum, and damaging slightly the fruit of apple. The owner of the orchard reported that the insect had been present for three or four years, and was increasing in numbers. A survey of the surroundings of the orchard showed the insect to be present on butternut (Juglans cinerea), and cultivated blackberries. Since the regular apple spray schedule was fairly closely followed in this orchard it may be that should this beetle increase it might become a serious pest in our orchards. The life history of the insect is not known.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1927

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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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