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The Attraction of Salts and Other Nutrients to the Larvae of Fabric Insects

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Larvae of the webbing clothes moth (Tineola bisselliella (Hummed)) and the furniture carpet beetle (Anthrenus flavipes LeConte) are attracted to stains consisting of minerals, proteins, lind B vitamins. Of the salts tested, K2HPO4 KCI, NaCI and Na2 HPO4, appear to be most readily eaten. It appears that a stain such as tomato juice is readily eaten because it contains these salts. The larva of the black carpet beetle (Attagenus piceus (Olivie)) was not especially attracted to the above mentioned salts or to the more common stains.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1962

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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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