Oviposition Preferences of Western Corn Rootworms1 for Various Soil Surface Conditions2

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Oviposition preferences of Diabrotica virgifera LeConte were studied in the laboratory to discover reasons for areas of intense infestation and damage in corn fields. The beetles preferred sites composed of relatively large soil particles, preferred soil cracks to large soil aggregates, and moist soil. Clumps of grass were preferred 10 either cornstalks or surface trash. Variability of soil moisture, smoothness of the soil surface, ground cover, and soil cracking may combine 10 influence oviposition pattern in a field.

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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