The Effects of Various Larval and Adult Diets on the Fecundity and Longevity of the Boll worm, Tobacco Bud worm, and Cotton Leaf worm1

Authors: LUKEFAHR, M. J.; MARTIN, D. F.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 57, Number 2, April 1964 , pp. 233-235(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Laboratory studies showed that adults of the boll worm, Heliothis zea (Boddie). were able to mate and oviposit without having fed; however, about a 50% increase in both fecundity and longevity resulted when adults fed on a sucrose solution. Larval food also influenced fecundity and longevity of boll worm adults. Adults of tobacco bud worm, H. virescens (F.), and cotton leaf worm, Alabama argillacea (Hübner), lived twice as long and deposited about 5 times as many eggs when fed sugar solutions as when they received water only.

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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