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A Laboratory Diet Containing Egg Albumin for Larval and Adult Boll Weevils1,2,3

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A laboratory diet for larval and adult boll weevils, Anthonomus grandis Boheman, was developed by substituting 3 g of egg albumin for the casein or soybean protein and 0.5 g/100 g diet of cotton leaf powder for the acetone cotton square powder or germinated cottonseed used in other diets. One % of a cottonseed:linseed oil mixture (1:1) was used in the adult diet and 0.5% in the larval diet. All components except the leaf powder are commercially available method of shaping and handing oviposition forms in large numbers is described. Two types of commercial spray egg albumin were evaluated as inducements to ovipositor and as support for larval growth. Potassium sorbate and methyl parasept were used as inhibitors in the adult and larval diets. In excessive amounts, they reduced egg hatch and larval growth. The levels that prevented contamination but were not detrimental to propagation of the colony were determined.

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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