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Use of Traps for Study and Control of Salt marsh Green head Flies1,2

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The very large population of Tabanus nigrovittatus Macquart, on the Brigantine Wildlife Refuge near Leeds Point, New Jersey, presented an excellent location for study of these populations and their control. Largest numbers were present in mid-July. Sticky traps, Manitoba traps. and Manning traps all showed the same pattern of adult numbers. Dark colors were most attractive, and a pattern of a white square on black on a sticky trap was superior to black alone. Three years of experimentation showed the best design for the Manitoba trap included a plastic canopy elevated 20 inches above the marsh surface, with a black skirt 16 inches wide around the bottom of the canopy but no other decoy, without a vented collector, and with CO2 as an attractant. The Manning trap caught many more flies than the others, however, and had the advantages of simple design, low cost, and ease of construct ion and maintenance.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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