Mass-Rearing of the Larvae of Nine Noctuid Species on a Simple Artificial Medium

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A simple artificial medium has been developed and handling procedures have been devised to facilitate the mass-rearing of a variety of noctuid species with a minimum expenditure of time and money. The medium, composed of dry beans, yeast, ascorbic acid, agar, water, and 3 mold inhibitors, satisfactorily supports the development of larvae of the cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni (Hübner) ; the alfalfa looper, Autographa californica (Speyer); the yellow-striped armyworm, Prodenia ornithogalli Guenée; the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua (Hübner) ; the bollworm, Heliothis zea (Bocklie) ; the tobacco budworm, H. virescens (F.); H. phloxiphaga G. & R.; the armyworm, Pseudaletia unipuncta (Haworth); and the variegated cutworm, Peridroma saucia (Hübner). Details are given concerning the development, viability, and fecundity of laboratory-reaied individuals of the first 6 of these species.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 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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