Talc when dusted on pepper plants materially reduced the oviposition of the pepper maggot fly, Spilographa electa, in the pepper fruit. The talc acted on the fly either as a repellent or as a mechanical barrier to oviposition. Failure to maintain a coating of the talc on the plants when the fly is on the wing results in a prompt increased infestation in the peppers.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: February 1, 1930
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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.