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Adult whitefringed beetles, Graphognathus spp., can be maintained in the laboratory by providing fresh leaves of almost any field or garden plant. However, oviposition is greatly influenced by food. Young et al. (1950) observed that beetles fed cocklebur, giant ragweed, peanut, soybean, and strawberry began laying eggs soon after emergence and laid large numbers per beetle, while those fed on the foliage of blackberry, cowpea, kudzu, lespedeza, Mexican clover, pecan, and tobacco laid fewer eggs. Those fed grasses laid few eggs and had a brief life span. Bass and Barnes (1969) found fresh alfalfa leaves to be an adequate diet for laboratory maintenance of whitefringed beetle adults.
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.