Loblolly Pine Flowers Damaged by Phyllophaga Beetles
Author: Mclemore, B. F.
Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 66, Number 2, 16 April 1973 , pp. 541-542(2)
Publisher: Entomological Society of America
Abstract:Insed damage to southern pine flowers and cones is receiving increased attention with the establishment of orchards to produce seed from superior trees. The list of species observed inflicting damage has grown steadily in recent years (Barcia and Merkel 1972). This note reports evidence of female flower destruction in a loblolly pine, Pinus tacda L., seed orchard by Phyllophaga micans (Knoch), one of the common May beetles or “June bugs.” The larvae or white grubs in this genus are well known for the damage they do to nursery stock (Baker 1972). There is also documented evidence of adults feeding on coniferous foliage (Baker 1972), but this is believed to be the 1st report of damage to female flowers of pines. This source of damage probably went unnoticed because the beetles feed at night.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 1973-04-16
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