Parasites of Sugarcane Stem Borers in Nigeria1

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Observations on parasitism of the sugarcane stem borers Sesamia nonagriodes botanephaga Tams & Bowden, Eldana saccharina Walker, and Philtre sp. were made at the Bacita estate of the Nigerian Sugar Company, over a period of 4 years (1963-1966). The percentage parasitism among Sesamia spp. ranged from 12.2 to 16.8%, and the main parasite species found in the area was a tachinid, Descampsina sesamiae Mensil. Its population ranged from 73.0 to 84.0% of the parasite population. Other parasites were 4 species of Tachinidae (Diptera) and 7 hymenopterous species belonging to 3 families; Eulophidae, Ichneumonidae, and Braconidae.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1968

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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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