Artificial Diets for Larvae of the Oriental Fruit Moth1,2

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Three generations of Grapholitha molesta (Busck) have been completed and a growing laboratory colony has been established on the following artificial larval diet as such or slightly modified: tap water 75, potassium sorbate 0.1, methyl p-hydroxybenzoate 0.15, agar 3, alfalfa leaf meal 5, carrot baby food 10, vitaminized apple juice 10, casein 0.5, roasted peanuts 2, soy hydrolyzate 0.5, brewer's yeast, 6, yeast extract 2, and salt mixture 0.5, with or without vitamin solution 0.5, and ascorbic acid 0.5 parts by weight. Data from 1 generation only suggest that several other simpler diets may also be suitable. The right kind of yeast, covering the surface of the diet with wax, and puncturing or scoring the surface were important for a satisfactory yield.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 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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