Artificial Diets for Rearing Larvae of the Plum Curculio

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When 6 artificial diets were tested for use in rearing larvae of Conotrachelus nenuphar (Herbst), 55% of the larvae matured in a standard corn, soymeal, and milk products (CSM) diet and 90% matured in a pinto bean diet compared with 73 and 85% maturation in 2 checks (diets of thinning apples). Larvae from the CSM and pinto bean diets fed 2–3 days less than larvae in apples, but the yields of adults were quite comparable. The alfalfa leaf meal diet and the diets used for the peachtree borer. Sanninoidea exitiosa(Say), and the carpenterworm, Prionoxystus robiniae(Peck), were unsatisfactory.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 15, 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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