Effect of Different Host Plants and of Season on Tolerance of the Carmine Spider Mite1 to Malathion2

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The effect of various host plants on the tolerance of Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Boisduval) is described. The plants tested were pepper, lucerne, radish, cucumber, Castor beans, eggplants, clover, common stock, and sweet pea. No significant difference was found in malathion response between the control, bean plants, and any of the plants tested, with the exception of castor beans. Mites reared for three weeks on castor beans were on castor beans were consistently more susceptible to malathion than mites reared on control plants. Seasonal Variations in mortalities were observed on beans as well as on all castor bean varieties. Thus, mortality in May was at least twofold higher than in September.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 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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