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Parasites of the Nantucket Pine Tip Moth1 in Virginia with Notes on Ecological Relationships2

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[In large plantations of loblolly and shortleaf pine (Pinus taeda L. and P. echinata Miller), shoots infested With Rhyacinia frustrana (Comstock) were collected at 3 levels in trees at 3 dates to determine variations in parasite abundance. Of the 22 species of parasites, 4 were not previously reported from this species of Rhyacionia and 6 species were new to the parasite complex of the tip moth in Virginia. Twenty-one species were reared from tip moth-infested shoots on loblolly pine and 16 from shortleaf pine.Atrometus claviPes (Davis) and CampoPlex frustranae Cushman were most abundant in the tops of trees, and Haltichella rhyacioniae Gahan, Bracon mellitor Say, and Habrocytus thyridopterigis Howard were most abundant at the bottom of trees. A. clavipes, H. rhyacioniae, and Eurytoma pini. Bugbee were more abundant on shortleaf pine, and C. frustranae and B. mellitor were more abundant on loblolly pine. B. mellitor was the only common parasite conspicuously more abundant in the first tip moth generation than in the second.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1970

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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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