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Relative Attractiveness of Various Luminescent Colors to the Cereal Leaf Beetle and the Meadow Spittlebug1

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Studies were initiated in 1964 to ascertain the relative effectiveness of various luminescent colors as attractants to the cereal leaf bettle, Oulema melanopus (L.) , and the meadow spittlebug, Philaenus spumarius (L.). Sticky boards measuring 10X1O inches, in 7 colors (lemon yellow, orange yellow, green, red, blue, pink, and white) were placed at heights of 3 and 6 feet. StickemĀ®, a commercial product, was used to trap the insects striking the boards. More individuals of both species were trapped on yellow boards than any other color. However, the shade of yellow had more significance with the cereal leaf beetle than with the spittlebug. The number of cereal leaf beetles trapped on lemon-yellow boards was greater at the 1% level than on orange-yellow boards. Results with red and green were intermediate and the number trapped on blue, pink, or white was very low. A significantly greater number was trapped at heights of 3 than at 6 feet.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 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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