A Device for Immobilizing Insects with Cooled Air

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Chilling is one of the most satisfactory methods of immobilizing insects to facilitate handling during experiments. Busvine (1957) summarized the advantages and disadvantages of using fat solvents, CO2, and chilling, Harris et al. (1965) reported that chilling had fewer adverse effects than CO2 on horn flies, Haematobia irritans (L.), and on stable flies, Stomoxys calcitrans (L.). Several methods of chilling insects have been used, the commonest being refrigerated chilling tables and chilled rooms. However, the chilling tables cause moisture to condense on the insects and holding equipment, and the insects must be cooled before they are placed on the chilled surface. Chilled rooms cool the equipment and test materials as well as the insect. The device described here does not have these disadvantages.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 16, 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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