An Artificial Diet for Laboratory Cultures of Boll Weevil Larvae and Adults1

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Six generations of boll weevils, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, were reared in the laboratory on cottonseed meal diet in the complete absence of cotton squares, flowers, or bolls formerly used for adult food and oviposition. These weevils maintained an average weight of 18 mg and within 4 generations fecundity increased from an average of 196 to 751 eggs per female. This diet eliminates the necessity of preparing separate diets for adult and larval rearing, as well as the need for maintaining greenhouse cotton during the winter.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 1966

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