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Biology, Rearing, and A Trial Release of Apanteles flavipes1 in the Florida Everglades to Control the Sugarcane Borer2,3

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During 1963 Apanteles flavipes (Cameron), a small hymenopterous larval parasite of numerous pyralid and noctuid stem borers of sugarcane in the Indo-Australian area, was tested against the sugarcane borer, Diatraea saccharalis (F.) , at Canal Point, 1'lorida. Before release the life history and such factors as mating, oviposition, fecundity, adult longevity, sex ratio, hosts, and compatibility with Agathis stigmatera (Cresson), another larval parasite of the borer, were ascertained. A rearing procedure was also developed.

More than 40,000 adults of A. flavipes were reared on the sugarcane borer in the laboratory and about 28,000 of these were released in commercial fields in the Everglades. A few held recovered were made 4 months after release, but none were recovered in 1964.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1967

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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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