Contributions to the Bionomics of Climbing Cutworms; the Life History of the Mottled Gray Cutworm, Abagrotis alternata1•2

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The stages and life history of Abagrotis alternate (Grote) are described. The species overwinters in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th instars and has 1 generation each year. Head-capsule measurements show 6 instars. The species ranges from the Atlantic nearly to the Pacific coast but appears to be most common in Michigan, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. This cutworm apparently has a wide range of host plants, which include fruit, forest and shade trees, deciduous shrubs, and vegetable crops.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1971

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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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