The penetration of contact insecticides through the cuticle of insects and the consequent lethal effect should depend on the characteristics of the cuticle at the time of treatment. Immediately after molting or after emergence of the adult from the pupa the cuticle is softer and thinner than at other times. Therefore one might suppose that insects that have just cast their skins would be more susceptible to contact insecticides than those whose cuticle has hardened and thickened. Because the literature contains little information on this question, the writers were prompted to make a few experiments on the relative susceptibility to pyrethrins of newly emerged and older blowflies, Phormia regina Meigen.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: October 1, 1941
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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.