Effect of Artificial Illumination On The Oriental Fruit Moth Under Orchard Conditions

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A study of the effect of light from ordinary electric light bulbs on egg deposition by the Oriental Fruit Moth was made on several varieties of peaches at New Brunswick and Moorestown, N. J. The lights were suspended above the trees in such a way that groups of trees received different degrees of illumination ranging from 0 to 10 or more foot candles. One tree in each of three tests was illuminated from above and below so that all parts of the tree received illumination of an intensity of 10 foot candles or more. The lights were burned nightly or at such times as the moths showed activity. A photo-electric relay and thermostat was used to switch the lights on and off at the desired light intensity and temperature in the orchard. The effect of the lights on egg deposition was measured by counting the number of injured twigs caused by first and second brood larvae and by the percentage of injured fruit at harvest. No repellancy of the moths was noted in any of the tests. No pronounced attraction of the moths by the light was evident either.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1932

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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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