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The Banded Cucumber Beetle and Its Control

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Abundances of the banded cucumber beetle, Diabrotica balteata LeConte, varied from year to year, making seasonal treatment programs impracticable. DDT and the ensuing insecticides which were developed were more effective than were calcium arsenate+nicotine sulfate and rotenone. Parathion was widely and effectively used from about 1950 to about 1957. Newer toxicants endosulfan, Kepone®(decachlorooctahydro-l,3,4-metheno- 2H-cyclobuta [cd] pentalen-2-one) and Sevin® (1-naphthyl N-methylcarbamate) were developed and were found effective.

Abundances of beetles were controlled, restricted, localized, or managed on tomatoes in 1959 on treatment plots. A relationship of beetle abundance and yield was observed in which, as the beetle abundance increased, the numbers of fruits harvested decreased.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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