Mating Studies of the Pink Boll worm1


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 57, Number 2, April 1964 , pp. 222-225(4)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Mating studies of pink boll worm Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders), were conducted in the laboratory under continuous light. Of 9-1, pairs caged individually, 74.5% mated. Observations showed that 71.0,20.0,7.1, and 1.4% mated 1,2,3, and 7 times, respectively. The mean duration of copulation was 2 hours 54 min with a range from 3 min to 26 hours 50 min. Of the total matings, 41% had occurred by the time moths were 6 days old, and the last mating occurred when moths were 16 days old. The aggregate mating that occurred at 6-hour intervals during a given day, under conditions of continuous light, was as follows: From midnight to 6 AM,60%; 6 AM to noon, 26%; noon to 6 PM, 3%; and 6PM to midnight. 11%. Frequency of mating of field-collected 6PM females was similar to that observed in the laboratory.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1964

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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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