Culturing of the Apple Maggot, Rhagoletis pomonella

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Techniques for continuous culturing of the apple maggot, Rhagoletis pomonella (Walsh), in the laboratory are described. The adults were reared in 18×l2×l2-inch cages on a diet of sucrose, an amino acid mixture, vitamins, minerals, and water. They were maintained at 72 ± 2°F, 80 ± 5% RH, and 16 hours of light. They oviposited in stored apples from late fall to midsummer and in field apples for the remaining period. The first generation of adults yielded about 45 pupae per female. About 130 days were required to complete the life cycle. Three generations have been reared with the described techniques.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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