Sex Attractants of Heliothis zea and H. virescens

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The increasing number of problems arising from the presence of undesirable insecticide residues as well as the resistance developed by insects to insecticides have caused us to search for other effective means of controlling many insect pests. Hall (1963) suggested that potent chemical attractants, including those that elicit mating between the sexes (sex attractants), might be utilized in planning effective control programs. In 1963 we began studies at Brownsville, Tex., to detect sex attractants in some of the more important cotton pests. This report summarizes the results of our efforts to demonstrate the presence of sex attractants in the bollworm, Heliothis zea (Boddie), and the tobacco budworm, H. virescens (F.)

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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