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The Attraction of Stains to Three Species of Fabric Pests1

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Large and small webbing clothes moth larvae, Tineola bisselliella (Hum.), are attracted to wool stained with human urine, human sweat, tomato juice, milk, beer, black coffee, and beef gravy. Small larvae of the furniture carpet beetle, Anthrenus flanipes Lec., also feed on such stains. Small larvae of the black carpel beetle, Attalenus piceus (Oliv.), are less attracted. Large larvae of the black carpet beetle show no preference for the stained areas. The large larvae of the furniture carpet beetle are attracted to beer and tomato juice stains, and show an occasional carpreference for the other stains. Wool stained with butter, tea, cola soft drink, and a 5% sugar solution does not attract any of the larvae.

Tests under starvation conditions showed that the larvae of the furniture carpet beetle fed on stained nylon and Dacron. The larvae of the black carpet beetle fed on nylon stained with human sweat. Stained Orion and Dynel were not fed upon by any of the larvae of the three species.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1959

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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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