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Rearing Alfalfa Loopers and Celery Loopers on an Artificial Diet

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Little is known about the biology of the alfalfa looper, Autographa californica (Speyer), or the celery looper, Anagrapha falcifera (Kirby), as they occur in the Pacific Northwest. Hyslop (1912) and Childs (1938) discussed the life history of the alfalfa looper in the field, described the stages, and noted certain parasites and diseases attacking it, but similar information is not available for the celery looper. The economic importance of the celery looper is not known, but the alfalfa looper is a serious pest of peas, mint, spinach, and lettuce and occasionally of alfalfa, sugarbeets, and potatoes in our aera. We therefore decided to rear these insects in the laboratory in sufficient numbers to permit us to study their biology, response to insecticides, and parasites and diseases.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 16, 1973

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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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