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Virgin Female Traps to Determine Activity and Populations of Red-Banded Leaf Roller1•2

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Virgin female moths of Argyrotaenia velutinana (Walker) in 1-gallon cylindrical cardboard traps hung in apple trees attracted males, but their attractiveness declined with age. Peak sexual activity, determined from the number of males collected in baited traps. occurred during the hour immediately after sunset. Laboratory-reared male moths marked with fluorescent powder and released in an apple orchard had patterns of sexual activity that were similar to those of native males. Of the males released, 37% were recaptured. Methylene chloride extracts of homogenized virgin female moths prepared at various times of day and placed in traps were attractive to males.

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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