Alighting of Aphids on Colored Cards m a Flight Chamber1


Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 60, Number 5, October 1967 , pp. 1207-1210(4)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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[Color preferences of the cabbage aphid, Brevicoryne brassicae (L.); the green peach aphid, Myzus perslcae (Sulzer); and the garden nasturtium aphid,Aphis Sp., were observed under controlled conditions in a flight chamber. The aphids were tested with colored 15.2X paper cards. In replicated tests the flying insects were presented with a horizontal row of 3 or 5 colored cards. In each replicate the position of the cards in the row was changed.

The 3 species of aphids alighted more frequently on yellow cards than on those where yellow was mixed with orange or green. Orange or green hues presented alone were unattractive. All other hues tested were unattractive as were several shades of gray. Some tints were as attractive or more attractive to the garden nasturtium aphid than their hue or base colors.

The possible relationship of the responses observed to color vision of the aphid and to the buildup of aphids following use of some pesticides is discussed.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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