Tobacco Budworms1 and Bollworms:1 Age and Mating Status of Adults Collected in Light Traps in Mississippi2

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Moths of the bollworm, Heliothis zea (Boddie); and the tobacco budworm. H. virescens (F.); collected from 1966 through 1969 in insect traps equipped with a black-light lamp were sexed, and samples were dissected to determine the degree of depletion of the fat body, the development or depletion of the ovaries, and the number of spermatophores per female. Captured bollworm moths averaged 49.7% female (range 32.6-68.4%); captured tobacco budworm moths averaged 28.3% female (range 17.3-60.0%), Of 2189 female bollworm moths dissected, 57.9% were unmated; of 123 female tobacco budworm moths dissected, 55.3% were unmated. Mated females of both species had mated 1 time most frequently, but some had mated as many as 6 times.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 1972

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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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