Field Evaluation of Controlled Release Formulations of Disparlure for Gypsy Moth Mating Disruption

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Duplicate experiments were conducted in Massachusetts and Maryland to evaluate 7 aerially applied controlled-release formulations of disparlure for gypsy moth mating disruption. The incidence of mating of female moths was significantly less in treated plots than in untreated plots. Depending upon the formulation sprayed, mating in treated plots over the season was reduced 83 to 21% from that in control plots in Massachusetts; the mating reduction in Maryland treatment plots varied from 97 to 19%. Several formulations reduced mating throughout the entire flight season. In plots treated with the most effective formulation (1976 2% NCR microcapsules), the mating reduction dropped to 73% in Massachusetts during peak flight, when most male moths were present. With this same formulation, the mating reduction in Maryland, where more sparse populations existed, was at least 88% throughout the test.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 1979

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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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