Size Criteria for Adults and for Sexing Pupae of Rhagoletis cerasi

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Six criteria for body size (pupal weight, width and length, adult weight 1 day and 5 days after eclosion, and head width) were measured and evaluated with respect to their usefulness for mechanical sexing and definition of body size of adults of the European cherry fruit fly irrespective of age and physiological status. Both pupal weight and width can be used for sorting out with high reliability over 10 and 30% of pure ♂ and ♀ pupae, respectively. The width of the head is the most reliable size parameter of the adult which is not influenced by age and physiological status of the individual.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1976

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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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