Winter Survival of the Boll Weevil in Cotton Bolls in Central Texas1,2,3

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A high per cent carryover of boll weevils (Anthonomus grandis Boheman) from one crop year to the next occurs in surface ground trash in wooded areas adjacent to infested cotton fields. In central Texas recent studies have indicated that boll weevils can survive from one crop year to the next in bolls on standing stalks within cotton fields. Boll weevils can also over winter in bolls on the soil surface, even during winters of more than usual weather severity. When bolls were buried to a depth of 2 in. on December 1, results indicated that survival can occur within fields even though stalks were destroyed and fields plowed in early winter. However, survival was considerably less than in bolls remaining on the soil surface throughout the winter. Such survival could be important in areas where favorable hibernation sites are scarce or nonexistent.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1963

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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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