Additional Noncotton Hosts of the Boll Weevil and Cotton Leafworm

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

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 58, Number 4, August 1965 , pp. 784-785(2)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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The known, naturally occurring, noncotton host plants of the boll weevil, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, and cotton leafworm, Alabama argillacea (Hübner), are Cienfuegosia affinis (H.B.K.), C. heterophylla (Vent.) Garcke, C. sulphurea (St. Hil.), and Thespesia populnea (L.) Soland (Szumkowski 1953b, Lukefahr and Martin 1962). The genera Cienjuegosia and Thespesia are closely related to Gossypium (Hutchinson 1947). The genus Cienfuegosia is of significance because of its wide distribution in North and South America and the likelihood that the boll weevil may have existed on some species of this genus before it was found on cotton in 1880. We have obtained seed of 5 of the 8 described American species and of 1 African species of Cienfuegosia, and of the Asian species, Thespesia lampas Cav. These plants were propagated for study to determine whether the boll weevil would attack them.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 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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