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Food Habits of the Khapra Beetle Larva1

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Khapra beetle larvae, Trogoderma granarium Everts, feed on foods other than on grains and related products. Experiments show that these larvae, like those of many other dermestids, feed on substances of animal origin. Elimination-type preference tests demonstrated that larvae prefer them to many vegetable foods. This indicates that complete eradication of the beetle may not be possible unless such food reservoirs are taken into consideration. The feeding tests also showed, contrary to previous statements, that first instra larvae can attack sound grain and survive.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1958

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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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