Grasses of the Tribe Hordeae as Hosts of the Hessian Fly

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The possibility that grasses other than the grains may serve as alternate hosts of the hessian fly, Phytophaga destructor (Say), has been the subject of speculation for many years. Early investigators found infestations of puparia believed to be those of the hessian fly on species of Agropyron, Elymus, Phleum (timothy), Agrostis and Bromus (Tyler 1797, Fletcher 1898, Webster 1915). Noble (1931) was the first to prove that the true hessian fly could complete its development on Agropyron repens and Elymus canadensis although not so readily as on wheat. It has been shown also that many species of Hordeum and Aegilops may serve as hosts of the hessian fly (Jones 1936, 1938).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1939

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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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