Boll Weevil Oviposition Responses in Cotton Squares and Various Other Substrates1

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Laboratory experiments conducted in 1961-62 at Baton Rouge, La., showed that boll weevils, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, preferred cotton squares weighing about 319 mg for oviposition. Square size and coating with paraffin on squares had very little influence on puncturing preference. Weevils punctured paraffin shells with curved tops more frequently than those with flat tops. Shells about 8 mm in diameter and 9 mm high were preferred to larger shells. A water-soluble component of cotton anthers stimulated egg deposition. This material, not extractable with acetone. passed through a cellophane dialysis membrane.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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