Response of Five Species of Insects to Water Extracts of Their Host Plants

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To obtain more information on arrestants and feeding stimulants for insects in general, and the boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, in particular, tests with water extracts obtained from several plants were conducted at the Boll Weevil Research Laboratory during the summer of 1963. Four species of insects in addition to the boll weevil became numerous enough in the vicinity of the laboratory for such studies. The insects and plants used in the studies were: Monarch butterfly, Danaus plexippus (L.), on milkweed (Asclepias syriaca L.) ; elm leaf beetle, Galerucella xanthomelaena (Schiffermuller), on American elm (Ulmus americanam. L) ; a species of Gastrophysa on dock (Rumex obtusifolius L.) ; the squash bug Anasa tristis (De Geer), on pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo L.); and the boll weevil, on cotton squares (Gossypiuin hirsutum L.).

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1965

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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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