Clinging and Climbing Ability of Larvae of Eleven Species of Stored-Product Insects on Nine Flexible Packaging Materials and Glass'

Author: Cline, L. D.

Source: Journal of Economic Entomology, Volume 71, Number 4, August 1978 , pp. 689-691(3)

Publisher: Entomological Society of America

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Larvae of the lepidopteran species Ephestia cautella (Walker), Corcyra cephalonica (Stainton), and Plodia interpunctella (Hübner) clung to and climbed paper, glass, aluminum foil, cellophane,polyethylene (PE). fluorinated ethylenepropylene (FEP) , ethylenetetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), polyester (PET), polyvinylchloride (PVC), and polypropylene (PP) at the greatest angle of incline (90°).

Larvae of 8 coleopteran specices climbed only 1 material (paper) at 90°. Larvae of some species could not climb some materials at a 5° incline. The coleopteran larvae ranked generally from best to worst climbers were Anthrenus flavipes LeConte, Dermestes maculatus De Geer, Tribolium castaneum (Herbst), Oryzaephilus mercator (Fauvel), Cathartus quadricollis (Guérin-Méneville), Trogoderma variabile Ballion, Attagenus megatoma (F.), and Lasioderma serricorne (F.). The test materials ranked generally from easiest to most difficult to climb were paper, ETFE, PET, foil, cellophane, PE, FEP, glass, PVC, and PP.

Three coleopteran species, O. mercator, C. quadricollis, and D. maculatus clung to all materials at 90°. The other larvae ranked generally from best to worst clingers, were T. variabile, T. castaneum, A. flavipes, A. megatoma, and L. serricorne. The test materials, ranked generally from easiest to most difficult to cling to, were paper, glass, PET, ETFE, PVC, cellophane, FEP, foil, PE, and PP.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 1978

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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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