Preferred Feeding and Egg Laying Sites of the Boll Weevil and the Effect of Weevil Damage on the Cotton Plant1

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During 1958 studies of the preferred feeding and egg-laying sites of the boll weevil (Anthonomus grandis Boheman) were conducted at Stoneville, Miss. Females damaged the fruit of the cotton plant more than males. The preferred feeding and egg-laying sites were the squares on the upper half of the plants when the population was low. As the population increased, small bolls were damaged as well as squares; the damage was intensified on the upper portions of the plants and reached into the lower fruiting branches. Bolls from 1 to 19 days old were subject to weevil damage.

Exposure of the cotton plant to feeding and egg laying by the boll weevil for 4 or 5 days resulted initially in increased square abscission and slightly reduced boll abscission. No difference occurred in total boll set for the entire season between the test and check plants.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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