Combinations of Blacklight and Virgin Females as Attractants to Cabbage Looper Moths1,2,3,4

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When traps fitted with a blacklight lamp were baited with caged virgin female cabbage looper moths, Trichoplusia ni (Hübner), increased numbers of male cabbage looper moths were caught compared with numbers in similar unbaited traps. The numbers of male moths caught in the baited traps increased as the number of virgin females was increased. Virgin females placed as much as 40 feet from the trap increased the numbers of male moths caught. The number of moths caught was not increased when male cabbage loopers were used as bait or when the dispersal of the female sex pheromone was prevented. Male cabbage looper moths had a definite peak of nocturnal activity, measured by trap catches during the known period of maximum mating activity.

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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