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Trap Design and Other Factors Influencing Capture of Male Potato Tuberworm Moths by Virgin Female Baited Traps

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With virgin females as bait, 8 different trap designs deployed at 2 heights and 2 orientations were evaluated for their efficiency in capturing adult males of Phthorimaea operculella (Zeller). The Pherocon IC trap was superior to all other designs tested but had a tendency to become coated with dust. Its performance was independent of the heights tested. Although significantly less efficient, the Pherocon ICP and ICPY (with and without flag) captured numerous males and were less prone to collecting dust.

Pherocon IC traps deployed with mated females were no more attractive to males than unbaited traps. Virgin females between 0 and 6 days post-emergence were most attractive to males; this attraction continued at a lower level for at least 10 days.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1975

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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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