Seasonal Light-Trap Collections of Lepidopterous Cotton Insects in South Texas

Authors: GLICK, P. A.; GRAHAM, H. M.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 58, Number 5, October 1965 , pp. 880-882(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Light-trap collections over a 5-year period at 5 locations in the lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas revealed that 3 species having cotton as their main larval host—pink bollworm, Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders); cotton leafworm, Alabama argillacea (Hübner); and tobacco budworm, Heliothis virescens (F.) —attained peak abundance of adults in August during most years. This is the period of cotton maturity and stalk destruction in that area. Three other species also found on cotton, but more omnivorous in nature—the bollworm, Heliothis zea (Boddie); cabbage looper, Trichoplusia ni (Hübner); and salt-marsh caterpillar, Estigmene acrea (Drury) —showed peak abundance earlier than the 3 first-mentioned species and had minor peaks of abundance in the spring and fall.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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