Feeding and Oviposition of Selected Insect Pests on Proso Millet Cultivars

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Cultivars of proso millet, Panicum miliaceum L., were tested for oviposition and feeding response to 5 insect pests of grains in Oklahoma. ‘Big Red’ showed good tolerance to light infestations of chinch bugs, Blissus leucopterus leucopterus (Say) while foxtail millet, Setaria italica (L.) Beauv., survived a heavy attack. Corn earworms, Heliothis zea (Boddie), and fall armyworms, Spodoptera frugiperda (J. E. Smith), oviposited readily on millet entries, but southwestern corn borers, Diatraea grandiosella (Dyar), did not. Corn earworm larvae preferred the cultivar ‘Dawn', but fall armyworm showed no preference. Weight differentials were significant when fall armyworms were reared on the millets. Reaction to feeding by the yellow sugarcane aphid, Sipha flava (Forbes), showed that some entries had intermediate resistance.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 15, 1980

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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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