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Interception of Apple Maggot1 Adults on Colored Traps2 in an Orchard

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Sticky waxed-paper cards, 10X12 inches, painted red, white, blue, yellow, or green were set about 5 feet above g-round around the perimeter of each of 51 apple trees heavily infested with apple maggot, Rhagoletis pomonella (Walsh), to compare color attractants to this insect. The total number of adults caught for each color from July 5 to August 27 was yellow 5378; green 5324; white 2056; red 645; blue 318. Duncan's multiple range tests showed that yellow and green were the most attractive (5% level of significance); red and blue were the least attractive, and white was intermediate and significantly different from the other pairs of colors.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 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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