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Mass Producing Artificial Diet Pellets for Adult Boll Weevils

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Mass rearing boll weevils, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, has necessitated mass production of diet pellets to serve as food and oviposition sites for the adults. Vanderzant and Davich (1961) used an aluminum or plastic plate 1/2 in. thick, with 49 holes, each 3/8 inches in diameter, drilled through it. They poured the diet into the holes and allowed it to harden. The resulting diet plugs were impaled on toothpicks and dipped into melted paraffin to prevent desiccation. This method, although satisfactory for small cultures, was too time consuming for mass rearing.

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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