Clinging and Climbing Ability of Adults of Several Stored-Product Beetles on Flexible Packaging Materials

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Adults of Oryzaephilus mercator (Fauvel), O. surinamensis (L.), Cathartus quadricollis (Guerin-Meneville), Lasioderma serricorne (F.), and Sitophilus oryzae (L.) , species of beetles that are common pests of stored products, were able to climb 7 polymer films, glass, aluminum foil, and paper at the greatest angle of incline (90°). The other adult beetles tested, ranked generally from best to worst climbers, were: Cryptolestes pusillus (Schonherr), Dermestes maculatus De Geer, Tribolium COnfusum Jacquelin duVal, T. castaneum (Herbst), Anthrenus flavipes LeConte, Rhyzopertha dominica (F.), Trogoderma variabile Ballion, and Attagenus megatoma (F.). The test materials, ranked generally from easiest to most difficult to climb, were: paper, 4-mil polyethylene, 5-mil polyethylene, polyvinylchloride, polypropylene, aluminum foil, 1-mil teflon, 2-mil teflon, ethylenetetrafluoroethylene (Tefzel®), and glass.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 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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