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Artificial Media and Rearing Techniques for the Pink Bollworm1

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Pink bollworms (Pectinophora gossypiella (Saund)) were reared on two artificial media, consisting of cottonseed meal or peanut flour in combination with other constituents. A combination of antimycotic agents, n-butyl-p-hydroxybenzoate, sodium benzoate, and sorbic acid or potassium sorbate, when added to the media inhibited fungous growth for at least 10 days. The cannibalistic tendencies of the larvae were partially thwarted by furnishing a large area of medium per larva and/or segregating the larvae by subdividing the total mass of medium with or without physical barriers. Boll weevils and phorid flies were also reared on the cottonseed meal diet. Techniques for handling the eggs and larvae are described.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1961

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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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