Evaluation of Five Artificial Diets for the Laboratory Rearing of Alfalfa Weevil Larvae

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Although much attention has been focused upon control of the alfalfa weevil, Hypera postica(Gyllenhal), little consideration has been given to its laboratory rearing and nutritional requirements. Ziener and Cashin (1964) utilized small plastic utility boxes containing a leafy tip of an alfalfa stem as containers for rearing small quantities of larvae. Guerra and Bishop (1964) sustained adults on Red RangerĀ® dog pellets but the number of progeny obtained from the adults was small. Huggans and Blickenstaff (1963) developed an artificial diet from the Berger (1963) modification of Vandenant et al. (1962) wheat-germ diet. However, the time for larval development was twice as long as when grown on fresh alfalfa, without which adults reared on the diet failed to reproduce.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1966

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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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