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Oviposition by the Boll Weevil1 in the Field2

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Oviposition by Anthonomus grandis Boheman was observed in detail in the field. Average time from initial mating to 1st oviposition was 21 minutes, but the oviposition time for overwintered females was longer than for females of the subsequent generation. The process of puncturing the square and depositing the egg required an average of 6 1/4 minutes for overwintered females and 4 1/2 minutes for females of the subsequent generation. Females deposited almost 1 egg per hour at a fairly smooth pace throughout the day starting at about 0800 hr. Apparent peaks were noted between 0900 and 1000 hr, and between 1200 and 1300 hr. The number of eggs deposited per hour was also somewhat reduced in the overwintered generation.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1969

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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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